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.

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Other countries that have imposed wealth taxes, for example, have found their highest-income residents were able to sidestep the tax bills by moving abroad or parking their income in places out of reach of tax authorities. chicagotribune.com, "Elizabeth Warren’s new plan calls for tax hike on wealthy to pay for Social Security overhaul," 12 Sep. 2019 Controversies avoided The term ended with a major decision blocking federal courts from striking down partisan gerrymandering, but in general the justices sidestepped other contentious issues. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court in transition: Conservatives ascendant but Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh prove unpredictable," 19 June 2019 The international community, not wanting to inflame tensions in the region, has tended to sidestep the issue, often basing their embassies in the financial centre of Tel Aviv instead. Cheryl P. Rose, Houston Chronicle, "Senior moves: Experts in downsizing make process easier," 23 Apr. 2018 And that work must be done by hand, which is precisely the kind of labor that machine learning is supposed to help us sidestep in the first place. Quanta Magazine, "Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious," 19 Sep. 2017 Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski sidestepped questions about the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Lewandowski sidesteps questions about Mueller report at House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing," 17 Sep. 2019 The junior sidestepped his man and galloped all the way to the end zone for a 96-yard score, the longest touchdown pass in Buffs football history. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs QB Montez: Nebraska Cornhuskers “got what was coming” in 34-31 OT loss," 7 Sep. 2019 Use good judgement to sidestep dubious schemes and instead focus your energies on creating your dreams using your own knowledge and skills. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 17, 2019: Aries, not a good time for risky endeavors; Libra, don’t be mislead by wishful thinking," 17 Aug. 2019 Kido sidestepped questions about whether the U.S. has evidence directly linking Iran to the attack, saying the Navy assessment was that Iran was responsible. David S. Cloud, latimes.com, "Iran shoots down Navy drone, U.S. says, ratcheting up tensions in Persian Gulf," 20 June 2019

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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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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