Idiom:  take (someone) aside


Idiom:  take (someone) aside / pull (someone) aside

  • to bring someone to a different area to privately speak with them

Example sentences

— I tried all evening to take the artist aside but everyone was also trying to talk to her.

— I was so happy when the team leader took me aside and said my project was outstanding.

— Could you please pull that woman aside so we can talk to her about her order. There's been a mix up unfortunately.

— We need to take the director aside for a moment and let her know that the keynote speaker got into an accident on the way here and cannot participate. 

— I was shocked when my husband took me aside to explain that the woman I was just talking to was his ex-fiancé.

— I felt someone pull me aside and whisper that my father had died but I don't remember anything else that happened that day.

— Why didn't you take me aside and tell me my credit card was declined instead of yelling it so loudly that everyone stared at me?

— Let's take that group aside so the police can interview them privately.

— I pulled the manager aside to complain about our room and he upgraded us to a suite.

— My teacher took me aside and quietly told me that I'd failed the test but that she'd give me a chance to retake it next week.

— When the coach pulled my son aside and whispered angrily in his ear I was shocked and had no idea what happened.


  • have a word (with someone)
  • have a quiet word (with someone)

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