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My siblings and I are watching some Turkish drama on TV and after a scene of a heated discussion, my sister said this:

Yay! They are not on her side.

Then our mother said:

IN her side.

So I'm kinda curious which one is right. "In her side" or "on her side"?

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  • You were watching some Turkish drama on TV, not watching TV of some Turkish drama. Apr 9 '21 at 16:38
  • @FumbleFingers Done. Apr 9 '21 at 17:36
  • Have an upvote for your question! I think I can vaguely understand why you might have thought your original version was valid (it almost makes sense), but I'm afraid I don't know how to clearly explain exactly why it's not idiomatic. Apr 9 '21 at 17:46
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It should be on her side. This phrase is defined in a dictionary, as shown below.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20someone%27s%20side#:~:text=1%20%3A%20supporting%20someone%20in%20his,her%20opinion%2C%20position%2C%20etc.

on someone's side idiom

Definition of on someone's side 1: supporting someone in his or her opinion, position, etc. Are you on my side or his?

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    There are valid uses of "in her side", but they have a completely different meaning - eg "He's a thorn in her side", or "She has a stitch in her side". Apr 9 '21 at 14:06

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