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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Synonyms for sideways


broadside, crabwise, edgeways [chiefly British], edgewise, sidewise

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Thorud may have gotten sideways with Hartley during a budget meeting last fall, where Thorud publicly disagreed with a decision to cut counselor positions. Samantha Swindler,, "When a popular principal lost his job, Clatskanie residents revolted (Commentary)," 25 Mar. 2018 The Rally Edition of the Ryker has a Rally mode that supplier Bosch developed for even more side slip so that riders can drift completely sideways on a dirt road. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "8 Cool Things About the Can-Am Ryker," 13 Nov. 2018 Both a sudden change in ear pressure (such diving into water) or direct trauma (like landing sideways on water) can cause your eardrum to rupture, Dr. Jung explains. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 Things go sideways the Alliance takes an interest in the cargo and as a band of rebel Browncoat veterans begin to cause trouble. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out in late November," 15 Nov. 2018 Then, narrow horizontal tunnels are excavated, snaking out sideways in different directions to reach and extract the coal. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Divers Start Hunt for 15 Missing in Indian ‘Rathole’ Mine, Weeks After It Flooded," 30 Dec. 2018 Fake Bieber eating a burrito sideways is a harmless prank — and a pretty good one. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The bizarre Justin Bieber burrito incident reminds us not to believe everything online," 29 Oct. 2018 Almost immediately after Safeco Field opened in 1999, the team discovered the immense weight of the roof was pushing the wheels sideways. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "In $180 million ask for public money, Mariners cite retractable roof used 400 times per year," 28 Aug. 2018 That, however, is when things really went sideways for Alabama in what became an 81-71 loss in Rupp Arena. Michael Casagrande,, "Alabama 'got caught up in the moment' late in loss at Kentucky," 17 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sideways

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