By the side of


Senior Member
" At that time, I was by the side of my wife and child. "
Kindly tell me if the above phrase ' by the side of' can be used to mean that at that time I was taking care of my wife and new born.
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Not really. In the right context and with suitable modifiers a good writer might possibly be able to use "by the side of" to mean "taking care of", but it is not a recognised metaphor.
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