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sidestep

verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\

: 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
:  bypass, evade <sidestep a question>
2
:  to move out of the way of :  avoid <sidestep a blow>
intransitive verb
1
:  to take a side step
2
:  to avoid an issue or decision
side·step·per noun
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Examples of SIDESTEP

  1. She sidestepped the reporter's question.
  2. They're sidestepping the real issue.

First Known Use of SIDESTEP

1900
SIDESTEPPING Defined for Kids

sidestep

verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\
side·steppedside·step·ping

Definition of SIDESTEP for Kids

1
:  to take a sideways step <… she sidestepped in front of him, blocking his path. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>
2
:  to avoid by a step to the side <He sidestepped the punch.>
3
:  to avoid answering or dealing with <She sidestepped the question.>

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