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I'm not sure I can use the phrase «sideline detail». By it, I mean a detail that may seem/is secondary.

Is there an expression for this idea?

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    At this moment I can suggest two options : peripheral, irrelevant – Cardinal Jun 10 '16 at 10:37
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I guess it depends on the degree to which this particular detail is secondary. To me, the phrase you gave sounds strange. I have some suggestions:

  • An incidental detail
  • A minor detail
  • An impertinent detail
  • An irrelevant detail
  • A secondary detail
  • A complementary detail
  • An added detail
  • An additional detail
  • A supplementary detail
  • Another detail
  • A further detail
  • An unimportant detail
  • A superfluous detail
  • A nonessential or unessential detail
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  • No problem, it was a good exercise! – Em. Jun 10 '16 at 12:35

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