sidestep

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verb

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

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

side step

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noun

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

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
Brooks sidesteps the throngs of people lining up for Cambodian street food from a nearby booth and takes the plate into the mid-morning sunlight. Jamie Feldmar, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2024 Engaging with Gen Z freelancers who are proficient in AI allows companies to sidestep the lengthy and often costly process of training existing employees. Bykelly Monahan, Fortune, 6 June 2024
Noun
Despite being 6-foot-9, Tatum was more comfortable taking contested side step 3s than attacking the lane or mid-range. Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 June 2024 Opting for the new trim includes new fender flares, lower door garnishes, side steps, and bed rails, as well as trim-specific orange center caps for the wheels. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 5 July 2023 See all Example Sentences for sidestep 

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Word History

First Known Use

Verb

1860, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidestep was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Sidestep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sidestep. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

sidestep

verb
side·​step -ˌstep How to pronounce sidestep (audio)
1
: to take a step to the side
2
: to avoid by a step to the side
sidestep a blow
3
: to avoid answering or dealing with
sidestep a question

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