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The spelling difference between beside and besides is a small one, but their meanings and uses are quite different! BESIDE, with no “s” at the end, is used only as a preposition, which means there is always a noun following it. It means either “next to” or “compared to,” as shown in the examples below.What does beside oneself mean?
beside oneself. phrase. If you are beside yourself with anger or excitement, you are extremely angry or excited. He had shouted down the phone at her, beside himself with anxiety. Cathy was beside herself with excitement.What does beside themselves mean?
beside (oneself) Very shocked or distraught. Fig. in an extreme state of some emotion. In a state of extreme agitation or excitement, as in She was beside herself when she found she'd lost her ring, or Peter was beside himself with joy-he'd won the poetry award.