I’ve just learned on Ozark that ‘no sidebars’ can mean ‘no disctractions/no additional talks/agreements’ depending on the context. That would never had occurred to me if I had just seen the phrase as a standalone. Very interesting…
Here is the snippet:
Ruth: Marty, can I talk to you for a sec?
Clare: No, no, no, no sidebars.
It’s possible that some people actually say this, but I’ve never heard it. This is probably pure Hollywood. In other words the writers totally made it up. It seems like quite a bit of that show is like that. Hollywood types can’t be normal.
I understand what it means though. It’s a reference to sidebars in books. Sidebars might be considered side conversations. So they want to keep it to the point.