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side·​ways | \ ˈsīd-ˌwāz How to pronounce sideways (audio) \

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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Examples of sideways in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If nothing else, the sideways-shooting victory over Houston served the Spurs an object lesson in simply hanging in there. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs staying patient in midst of 3-point cold spell," 17 Jan. 2021 But when his new employer found out Buchanan had worked for the Trump campaign, things allegedly went sideways fast. Doug Mckelway, Washington Examiner, "Dumped over Trump: Man claims working on president’s campaign cost him dream job," 13 Jan. 2021 There is a simple, if reductive, answer that might apply to anyone whose mind is going sideways. Nicholas Thompson, Wired, "The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker," 12 Jan. 2021 Not long after Kenin’s triumph in Australia, tennis went sideways like everything else, shutting down its calendar, including a full cancellation of Wimbledon. Wsj Sports Staff, WSJ, "The Sports Feats That Defied Covid," 28 Dec. 2020 Even in a world gone sideways, some topics are eternal, our fascination with celebrity chief among them. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Most-Read Stories of 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 Though stocks of late have traded rather sideways, December is typically a strong month for investors, and some strategists see reason to believe stocks might close out the year on a high note. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "‘Santa Claus’ rally could take stocks higher, even after an ‘unbelievable’ year," 17 Dec. 2020 In one, a car slid off the road, crashed over the curb and landscaping, and stopped on flattened tires sideways in the building’s parking lot. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Traffic controls sought for fatal curve in Carlsbad," 12 Dec. 2020 The individual florets are tiny, but a few dozen make up a 1½- to 2-inch cluster that will simply knock you sideways. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery plants for the first week of December," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sideways

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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The first known use of sideways was in 1572

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22 Jan 2021

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“Sideways.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sideways

: with one side facing forward
: to or toward the right or left side


adverb or adjective
side·​ways | \ ˈsīd-ˌwāz How to pronounce sideways (audio) \

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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