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[sahyd-lawng, -long] /ˈsaɪdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
directed to one side:
a sidelong glance.
inclined or slanting to one side.
indirect; roundabout:
sidelong comments about his appearance.
toward the side; obliquely.
Origin of sidelong
1515-25; side1 + long1 Unabridged
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  • She looked at me sidelong, tossing back the short red hair from her eyes.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Kirkwood could see his shamefaced, sidelong glances; and despised him properly for them.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • And Chichikov executed one of his sidelong, deferential bows.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • Full into the firelight, with a stealthy, sidelong movement, glided a doglike animal.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He shot her a swift, sidelong glance; then stopped, and turned.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Mr. Drayton gave Hugh a sidelong glance of great astuteness.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • He gave Jeckie a sidelong glance, as if laying the blame on her shoulders.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
  • His quiet eyes took the other in in a quick, sidelong glance.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Granville laughed, with an uneasy, sidelong, deprecating glance at Ellen.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for sidelong


adjective (prenominal)
directed or inclining to one side
indirect or oblique
from the side; obliquely
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Word Origin and History for sidelong

"towartd the side," 1570s, alteration of Middle English sidlyng (see sidle), probably by influence of side (n.) + long (adj.). As an adjective from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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