adverb or adjective
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 The result was a chart that looks a bit like a volcano turned sideways. Emily Barone, Time, 4 May 2022 Once more, obsession and solitude can shift a man’s destiny — not unlike a crab’s movements — sideways. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Biden picked up the gun gingerly and positioned it sideways. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 While crypto moved mostly sideways, bulls have pointed to accumulation by longer-term holders as a sign that digital assets were poised to break out of the rut. Joanna Ossinger, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2022 Falling down and scraping your knee is one thing, but falling sideways onto your wrist or landing on your head could be a traumatic injury. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 3 Apr. 2022 Steven Soderbergh’s noirish thriller follows a group of criminals brought together under mysterious circumstances to carry out a simple job that turns sideways. Ben Flanagan |, al, 22 Mar. 2022 The company that inspired Apple TV+ Series WeCrashed is in dire need of damage control after its business model and corporate governance went sideways. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 10 Apr. 2022 Things go sideways because in the heat of the moment, CEOs and executive teams get hyped up on the thrill and hyper-focused on what spreadsheets hint is possible. Anthony Bahr, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Sideways.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of sideways for Spanish Speakers


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