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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

    sidestepper

    noun

    Examples of sidestep in a sentence

    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

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    verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\

    Definition of sidestep for Students

    sidestepped

    sidestepping

    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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