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sidestep

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verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\

Simple Definition of sidestep

  • : to avoid walking into or being hit by (someone or something) by stepping to the right or left

  • : to avoid answering or dealing with (something) directly

Full Definition of sidestep

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  bypass, evade <sidestep a question>

    2. 2 :  to move out of the way of :  avoid <sidestep a blow>

    3. intransitive verb
    4. 1 :  to take a side step

    5. 2 :  to avoid an issue or decision

    side·step·per noun

    Examples of sidestep

    1. She sidestepped the reporter's question.

    2. They're sidestepping the real issue.



    1900

    First Known Use of sidestep

    1900


    SIDESTEP Defined for Kids

    sidestep

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    verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\

    Definition of sidestep

    side·steppedside·step·ping

    1. 1 :  to take a sideways step <… she sidestepped in front of him, blocking his path. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

    2. 2 :  to avoid by a step to the side <He sidestepped the punch.>

    3. 3 :  to avoid answering or dealing with <She sidestepped the question.>





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