side issue

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References in classic literature ?
Of course there is a difference between a hundred roubles and two hundred and fifty, but in this case the principle is the main point, and that a hundred and fifty roubles are missing is only a side issue.
It was as though the side issues had been shorn away, so that the main struggle was thenceforth on simpler lines.
But I had my own object in view, and I declined (as we lawyers say) to pursue the question into its side issues.
Demand growth is decent, but not spectactular from a historical perspective, which tells me this is once again a supply side issue, said Bernstein analyst Paul Gait.
Considering the court is dealing with a side issue and that we have constitutional timelines, I decline to grant leave for calling of further evidence in this matter," Justice Muchelule told the jammed court.
It is crucial to create such prerequisites that the communities and their role be enhanced, as before in Ukraine it was a side issue.
As for Kinnear, getting players names wrong is a side issue.
A side issue of events in Turkey and Egypt has been the impact, if any, on the prospects of Islamic finance, given certain sensitivities.
RE: The deplorable situation at the Ricoh Arena I would like to raise a side issue, which is extremely important to some local people.
In the eyes of anyone not connected to the club, the Black Cats are merely a side issue as the Old Trafford side try to retain their title from the grasp of their city rivals.
As a side issue, this raises yet another good reason why the area should have a unitary authority (Cleveland?