What do the words from Act V, Scene vii of Macbeth, "We have met with foes that strike beside us" mean?

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Michael Otis eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the penultimate scene of Act V of Macbeth, Malcolm says these words while observing the ease with which he has gained victory over Macbeth's forces. The new and rightful king of Scotland means one of two things by "strike beside us". Either Macbeth's soldiers - dispirited by the unequal fight - have come over to his forces, or they have deliberately missed with their swords. One way or another, the way is clear for the victorious Malcolm and his army to enter Dunsinane to dispatch the tyrant.