side·ways | \ˈsīd-ˌwāz \

Definition of sideways 

1 : from one side

2 : with one side forward turn sideways

3a : in a lateral direction or downward to one side hopped sideways slump sideways

b : askance look sideways at someone

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Unlike Bourdais and Hinchcliffe, however, Pagenaud’s season turned sideways at the start and has yet to right itself. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar Texas preview: Why more mayhem could be on tap, and Will Power could win," 7 June 2018 That’s easy to say when nobody looks at you sideways because of the color of your skin. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Even in Oakland, calling the cops on black people just living their lives," 17 May 2018 Your behavior: Retreat gradually while turned sideways and avoiding eye contact. Rachel Levin,, "Here’s What You Should Do If You See a Bear—Whether You’re on the Trail or in Your Backyard," 16 Apr. 2018 And while increasingly difficult to articulate, Key West’s brand of camp reflects Wolkowsky’s understanding — never on the nose, always sideways, a place where anonymity feels like an innate right. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Town That Camp Built," 12 July 2018 Some works are upside-down, sideways, and backward, others more figurative., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 The chart is a collection of arrows, some pointing sideways, some down, some toward U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — and even more pointing away from it. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "‘A rogue state’," 13 May 2018 Bertrand’s car skidded sideways and crashed into a barrier. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man without seat belt dies in crash on Northwest Freeway," 15 Apr. 2018 Fizdale got himself sideways with Grizzlies management after some friction with star center Marc Gasol. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "5 key thoughts on the firing of Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford | Charlotte Observer," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sideways

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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Phrases Related to sideways

knock (someone) sideways

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11 Oct 2018

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The first known use of sideways was in 1572

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English Language Learners Definition of sideways

: with one side facing forward

: to or toward the right or left side

side·ways | \ˈsīd-ˌwāz \

Kids Definition of sideways

1 : from one side I looked at it sideways.

2 : with one side forward a sideways position He turned sideways to let me by.

3 : to one side a sideways move The statue fell sideways.

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What made you want to look up sideways? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


evasion of direct action or statement

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