sidestep

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verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\

Definition of sidestep

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  bypass, evade <sidestep a question>

  3. 2 :  to move out of the way of :  avoid <sidestep a blow>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to take a side step

  6. 2 :  to avoid an issue or decision

sidestepper

noun

Examples of sidestep in a sentence

  1. She sidestepped the reporter's question.

  2. They're sidestepping the real issue.

1860

First Known Use of sidestep

1860


SIDESTEP Defined for English Language Learners

sidestep

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verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\

Definition of sidestep for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

sidestep

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verb side·step \ˈsīd-ˌstep\

Definition of sidestep for Students

sidestepped

sidestepping

  1. 1 :  to take a sideways step <… she sidestepped in front of him, blocking his path. — Carl Hiaasen, Hoot>

  2. 2 :  to avoid by a step to the side <He sidestepped the punch.>

  3. 3 :  to avoid answering or dealing with <She sidestepped the question.>



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