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sidelong

[sahyd-lawng, -long] /ˈsaɪdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
adjective
1.
directed to one side:
a sidelong glance.
2.
inclined or slanting to one side.
3.
indirect; roundabout:
sidelong comments about his appearance.
adverb
4.
toward the side; obliquely.
Origin of sidelong
1515-1525
1515-25; side1 + long1
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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

sidelong

/ˈsaɪdˌlɒŋ/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
directed or inclining to one side
2.
indirect or oblique
adverb
3.
from the side; obliquely
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Word Origin and History for sidelong
adv.

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

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