sidestep

verb side·step \ ˈsīd-ˌstep \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

sidestepper

noun

Examples of sidestep in a Sentence

  1. She sidestepped the reporter's question.

  2. They're sidestepping the real issue.

Recent Examples of sidestep from the Web

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First Known Use of sidestep

1860


side step

noun

Definition of side step

1 :a step aside (as in boxing to avoid a blow)
2 :a step taken sideways (as when climbing on skis)

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First Known Use of side step

circa 1656


SIDESTEP Defined for English Language Learners

sidestep

verb

Definition of sidestep for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SIDESTEP Defined for Kids

sidestep

verb side·step \ ˈsīd-ˌstep \

Definition of sidestep for Students

sidestepped; sidestepping
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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