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

Asked in early May whether undocumented immigrants should have access to federal benefits, like Medicare and Medicaid, former Vice President Joe Biden sidestepped the question. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Does Medicare for All cover undocumented immigrants? Depends on who you ask," 13 June 2019 The state House sent Gov. Kate Brown a measure to join National Vote Interstate Compact, a pledge between states to sidestep the Electoral College and overhaul the way the nation elects presidents. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "An interstellar meteor may have slammed into Earth," 16 Apr. 2019 At the same time, the Nubia X and the second-gen Vivo Nex present another way to sidestep the notch with their addition of a second screen on the back of the phone. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "2018 was a weird notch year — what’s next?," 18 Dec. 2018 Fortunately, there are ways to sidestep the shakiness when your job requires loads of travel. Annie Daly, SELF, "16 Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy When You Travel A LOT, From People Who Do It," 6 Dec. 2018 It was claimed that should Benitez opt to leave Newcastle this summer, £6m - one year's salary - will be owed to Mike Ashley in compensation; however, according to the Daily Mail, the experienced tactician may be able to sidestep that fee. SI.com, "Report Reveals How Benitez Could Avoid £6m Contract Penalty With Newcastle Boss Keen on West Ham," 18 May 2018 Carter’s failures helped to revivify a Republican right that was able to sidestep some of the Watergate reforms immediately and chip assiduously away at the rest in the years to come. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 The decision to wrap all server comms in a tunnel pleasantly sidesteps the two major issues that often come with trying to self-host an email server on a residential ISP connection. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 But there was no sidestepping a ninth inning where the Mariners’ closer didn’t look right from his first pitch and command issues followed. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners lose first game of season on pinch-hit home run in ninth inning," 29 Mar. 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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