sidestep

verb
side·​step | \ ˈsīd-ˌstep How to pronounce sidestep (audio) \
sidestepped; sidestepping; sidesteps

Definition of sidestep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Definition of side step (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Other Words from sidestep

Verb

sidestepper noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sidestep

Synonyms: Verb

beat, bypass, circumvent, dodge, get around, shortcut, skirt

Antonyms: Verb

comply (with), follow, keep, obey, observe

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Examples of sidestep in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition to providing an independent check, Freedman’s method may also sidestep some vexing problems associated with other common standard candles. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Hubble Tension Headache: Clashing Measurements Make the Universe's Expansion a Lingering Mystery," 29 July 2019 Yang also sidestepped questions on protesters’ demands for an independent commission of inquiry into alleged police misconduct. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Beijing’s press conference on Hong Kong was thankfully very boring," 29 July 2019 After his preliminary swim Tuesday in the 800-meter freestyle, Horton sidestepped questions about his protest. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Sun Yang and Swimming Descend Into a Battle Over Doping," 23 July 2019 Biden’s plan would sidestep the political leadership in those states by allowing low-income people in those places to enroll in the public-option plan with no premiums. Noam N. Levey, latimes.com, "Joe Biden unveils his alternative to ‘Medicare for all’," 15 July 2019 Lesnar sidestepped him and delivered a couple of German suplexes while Heyman walked around the ring and delivered the briefcase to the timekeeper. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Brock Lesnar cashes in at ‘Extreme Rules’ to become Universal Champion again," 15 July 2019 When her sisters asked about her relationship, Linda often sidestepped questions. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 The show sidesteps all the traditional framing viewers have come to expect of TV, even as streaming platforms have widened access to disparate scenes and communities. Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys," 14 June 2019 There's no way to sidestep the problem by, for instance, learning to stack your chips better than your opponent. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A New A.I. Is Running the Table Against Poker Pros. Is Business Strategy Next?," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Follow along with Monday's bent arm side bridge and hip abduction ankle weight routine and then, for a more challenging routine, try today's side step up and shoulder rise with hip abduction combination exercise. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "Workout Series: Ankle Weight Exercises V," 13 Oct. 2010 Explosive straight-line driver who uses smooth footwork, side steps, and spins to get to the rim and finish ambidextrously with power or touch. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "NBA draft rumors: Chandler Hutchison secures 1st-round draft promise," 17 May 2018 Martin is dribbling around a chair and darting to the corner and taking that big, exaggerated side step NBA players use to find room for a jumper. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: NBA prospects prepare for 2018 NBA Draft in hard-to-find Zionsville barn," 3 Apr. 2018 Various other complaints have been logged for the difficult ingress and egress due to the Pro-4X’s lack of side steps, the poor resolution of the rearview camera, and for how easily the central touchscreen washes out in direct sunlight. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel," 15 Feb. 2018 Jamie Vardy equalised for Leicester midway through the first half against the run of play, before Pep Guardiola's side stepped up the pace after the break. SI.com, "WATCH: De Bruyne Masterclass Inspires Man City Against Leicester as Aguero Fires Four," 10 Feb. 2018 Once inside, the floor immediately drops a foot; Clara side steps to the right, bumping against her bed. Sarah Fowler, The Seattle Times, "$10K donated to woman living in poverty, collapsing home," 19 Jan. 2018 To help, there are steel side step rails with rubber pads on each side. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Redesigned just last year, Nissan Armada has room for up to eight, starts at $45,600 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 Dec. 2017 One quick burst or side step to avoid the rush could make his hamstring worse. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Five reasons Marcus Mariota likely won't play against Dolphins," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sidestep

Verb

1860, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sidestep

verb

English Language Learners 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

sidestep

verb
side·​step | \ ˈsīd-ˌstep How to pronounce sidestep (audio) \
sidestepped; sidestepping

Kids Definition of sidestep

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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