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

The newfound scale has allowed the company to take advantage of cheap shale gas, and more easily sidestep the impact of U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, previously a major source of crude. Fortune, "Marathon Petroleum," 1 July 2019 Many of its factories are actually run by Chinese companies looking to lower costs and, perhaps, sidestep US-China disputes. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The US gets nearly all of its soccer balls from China. But the goal posts are moving," 27 June 2019 But pro-life advocates believed Murray should've voted against the resolution instead of sidestepping. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: It's not just Democrats thinking they can defeat Steve Chabot. See which Republican considers challenging Cincinnati congressman," 20 June 2019 The reboot this summer has sidestepped Chuck’s real dad – the writer and director Don Mancini – and freshened the concept for 2019: Chucky is no longer possessed. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "New ‘Child’s Play’ full of seriously scary fun," 20 June 2019 Another Newsom proposal that speeds construction of homeless shelters by sidestepping environmental laws also remains unresolved. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 Best opted for a 30-day suspension without pay, sidestepping Police Department policy and language in the city’s contract with SPOG that presumes officers will be fired for dishonesty in their official duties. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Sources: Seattle police chief feared she could be overturned on a technicality if she fired officer who lied," 13 June 2019 Hilliard Farber, a banker, broker and hedge-fund founder, had fronted Fotis Dulos millions of dollars over the years for mortgages and land acquisitions, enabling Dulos to sidestep red tape and more easily leverage other financing. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Chemistry and calm, then loneliness and turbulence in the marriage of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos," 23 June 2019 The company has looked for ways to directly engage with fans, even sidestepping Android’s Google Play Store (requesting users download the game from its website instead) to save on developer fees. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Epic Games is doubling down on teens by acquiring Houseparty," 12 June 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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The first known use of sidestep was circa 1656

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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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