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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Verb

sidestepper noun

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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 Together, the four motors produce enough burst for the capsule to sidestep the compromised core stage in midair. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Russian Rocket Launch Failed Spectacularly In Just 118 Seconds," 3 Sep. 2020 Trump’s embrace of executive actions to sidestep Congress ran in sharp contrast to his criticism of former President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders on a more limited basis. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus aid updates: Trump’s attempt to bypass Congress likely to be met with legal challenges," 9 Aug. 2020 But while the foundational conditions of genericide are present, the authors suggest Zoom can sidestep this fate. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Is Zoom on the road to genericide?," 8 Sep. 2020 Amari Cooper didn’t sidestep the expectations that come from adding rookie CeeDee Lamb to a pair of receivers who went for more than 1,000 yards last season. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys preview: 5 things to know about the Dallas offense, like Mike McCarthy’s three-headed monster and a line dance," 7 Sep. 2020 The stop-gap measure to keep the government open would sidestep any major funding battles ahead of the November election. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Pelosi and Mnuchin informally agree on plan to avoid government shutdown," 4 Sep. 2020 Trump’s embrace of executive actions to sidestep Congress runs in sharp contrast to his criticism of former President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders on a more limited basis. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Trump signs executive order calling for $400 weekly assistance, stopping evictions, more," 8 Aug. 2020 Trump’s embrace of executive actions to sidestep Congress runs in sharp contrast to his criticism of former President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders on a more limited basis. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, Houston Chronicle, "Trump orders more unemployment pay, a payroll tax deferral," 8 Aug. 2020 Like other Democratic climate plans, his mostly sidestep the problem of how to scale down polluting industries, seeing the energy transition as a problem primarily of adding clean energy rather than subtracting incumbent fuels. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Corporate Chaos Behind Republicans’ Silence on Climate Change," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Practical touches are power side steps that fold out of the way when the truck is parked or on the move. Houston Chronicle, "Ram whips up new Laramie Southwest Edition half-ton pickup," 20 Mar. 2020 In recent weeks, the fighting has intensified as foreign backers of the two sides stepped up their military support. Bloomberg.com, "Bombs Kill 7 at Refugee Shelter in Libya," 15 May 2020 Separately, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge floated the idea of issuing a compulsory license, which would permit the government to side step any Roche patents and arrange for alternate production. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Roche backpedals and agrees to provide a solution for Covid-19 tests in the Netherlands," 27 Mar. 2020 Rogers pump fakes and side steps (travels didn't exist back then either, apparently). Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "That time Kenny Rogers faked out Michael Jordan during a celebrity pickup game in 1988," 21 Mar. 2020 The 19-year-old scored his 40th goal of the season in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win at Werder Bremen Saturday as Lucien Favre's side stepped up its pursuit of leader Bayern Munich. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Magical Messi gets four in Barcelona's Camp Nou rout of Eibar," 22 Feb. 2020 The actress and activist was handcuffed on the east side steps and escorted into a police vehicle. BostonGlobe.com, "Before her arrest, Fonda in a speech called climate change ‘‘a collective crisis that demands collective action now.’’ ASSOCIATED PRESS," 12 Oct. 2019 The attack was a reprisal for the American assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, and its limited nature helped both sides step back from further escalation, for now. David Meyer, Fortune, "Tough jobs, health-care futures and sustainability promises," 17 Jan. 2020 The actress and activist was handcuffed on the east side steps and escorted into a police vehicle. BostonGlobe.com, "Before her arrest, Fonda in a speech called climate change ‘‘a collective crisis that demands collective action now.’’ ASSOCIATED PRESS," 12 Oct. 2019

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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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30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sidestep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sidestep. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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