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

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 Coleman-Mitchell, who largely sidestepped the debate in the past, pledged Monday to throw the full weight of her office behind the repeal effort. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "As Connecticut’s immunization levels decline, Gov. Ned Lamont, legislative leaders vow to repeal religious exemption for vaccines," 16 Sep. 2019 As a Newton student, Jada has sidestepped many of the obstacles that bedevil her BPS counterparts, while capitalizing on the opportunities offered by the suburban district. BostonGlobe.com, "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 White Claw, meanwhile, has sidestepped all that whiplash. oregonlive, "White Claw reaches peak hysteria with rationing, destroys boozy gender divide," 10 Sep. 2019 Trailing 28-27 at the Bears 48-yard line, Rodgers sidestepped the Chicago pressure and rolled left. Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Aaron Rodgers, Packers have dealt Bears some devastating losses. Here are QB's five biggest moments," 5 Sep. 2019 The diversion sidesteps a key piece of water policy that is commonly called the Great Lakes Compact. Anna Clark, Twin Cities, "Anna Clark: Is Foxconn really worth risking a Great Lake?," 3 Sep. 2019 On a parallel track, former Gateway encampment occupants — litigants in a lawsuit against the city of Santa Cruz — sidestepped their case’s dismissal in federal district court last week. Jessica York, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz tourist hot spot shared with city’s homeless campers," 2 Sep. 2019 But Conte sidestepped him by resigning, putting the power into the hands of Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, who would decide whether to accept Conte’s resignation. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Italy’s prime minister just resigned. What the heck comes next?," 21 Aug. 2019 Although things such as family history and age can increase stroke risk, up to 80 percent of strokes can be sidestepped with lifestyle changes that include controlling blood pressure and quitting smoking. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Brushing up on stroke symptoms might mean saving a life," 28 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Available in all exterior colors, this edition features 17-inch Machine Granite wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, side steps, Low Gloss badging and a premium tan soft top. Houston Chronicle, "Good news for Jeep enthusiasts," 13 Sep. 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

27 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sidestep.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sidestepped. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for sidestep

sidestep

verb
How to pronounce side step (audio)

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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