sidestep

verb
side·step | \ˈsīd-ˌstep \
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, 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 Terror largely manages to sidestep these dicier implications by treating its main Inuit character, Lady Silence, as complex and human in her own right. Asher Elbein, The Atlantic, "The Terror Is More Than a Chilling Monster Show," 1 May 2018 Both points, conveniently, sidestep the crux of the issue: that the U.S. government has forcibly stripped more than 2,000 children from their families to hold them in those centers. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Fox Idiota Claims Black People Told Her Child Detention Centers Were Better Than Public Housing," 22 June 2018 So far, the social network has sidestepped many of the concerns over fake news and objectionable content that have plagued its parent company since the 2016 presidential election. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "With IGTV, Instagram Takes Aim at YouTube," 20 June 2018 The Supreme Court sidestepped a potentially historic ruling Monday that would have stopped states from drawing election maps intended to help one political party dominate the other, but the issue could return as soon as next term. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "GOP repeats ObamaCare mistakes on immigration," 18 June 2018 This approach, which could face its first real test in the coming weeks, could force the kind of constitutional showdown that two past presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, essentially sidestepped. Fortune, "Trump Says He Has 'Absolute Right' to Pardon Himself as Mueller Standoff Drags On," 4 June 2018 Zuckerberg said — sidestepping the question by conflating public posting by users with data collection on Facebook’s part. Casey Newton, The Verge, "7 takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the House," 11 Apr. 2018 Why not sidestep the middle meal and skip straight to the endgame? Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp," 9 July 2018 The sales tax question might sidestep the council, which usually votes to put citywide tax measures on the ballot. Steve Vockrodt, Mara Rose Williams And Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Sly James, Chamber want sales tax hike to expand pre-K in KCMO, but questions remain," 11 June 2018

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 \
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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