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


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)

Other Words from sidestep


sidestepper noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sidestep

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 For some Republicans, eschewing debates is a chance to sidestep a media structure some in the party deride as biased and align with Donald Trump, who has blasted presidential debates. Meg Kinnard,, 11 Sep. 2022 For some Republicans, eschewing debates is a chance to sidestep a media structure some in the party deride as biased and align with Donald Trump, who has blasted presidential debates. Meg Kinnard, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2022 Opt for longer, wider collars; spread collars; button-down collars—or sidestep the issue and wear a band-collar shirt. Jamie Waters, WSJ, 30 July 2022 When the pandemic first set in, the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to sidestep a recession and encourage spending. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Sinclair has instead focused its efforts on launching a direct-to-consumer product that will allow fans to sidestep third-party providers and subscribe directly to their local RSN and watch games on an app. cleveland, 9 Feb. 2022 Curbing VIEs from foreign listings would close a gap that’s been used for two decades by technology giants from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to Tencent Holdings Ltd. to sidestep restrictions on foreign investment and list offshore. Fortune, 28 Dec. 2021 The roles, often voluntary in nature, were conduits for women to sidestep restrictions and work alongside grunts and Special Operations troops. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 That’s because electric vehicles sidestep only one small part of what makes personal car ownership such a stubborn problem for cities. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Take 3 to 4 more steps, then reverse and side step back to the cable stack. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Don’t fail to take advantage of the personal and professional opportunities coming your way near the 24th and try to side step emotionally charged confrontations near the 27th . Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 Ideal for residential use on small- to medium-sized yards, the compact tractor is user-friendly and effortless to mount and dismount, thanks to its handy side step. Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 McFeely and the Russos were so smart with Civil War to side step rehashing the origin story. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 Visitors can access the hall of fame from outside the stadium, then on the other side step onto a plaza that allows fans to look out over the blue turf. Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2021 Hybrid mattresses side step that issue by combining the best of both worlds: the comfort of foam with the support and breathability of a coil layer. Joe Van Brussel, Forbes, 9 May 2021 Emhoff’s little side step of uncertainty got raves. Liza Mundy, The Atlantic, 20 Apr. 2021 Bring your left foot slightly in, keeping tension on the band, and continuing to side step to the right like this for 10 steps. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sidestep


1860, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Oct 2022

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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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