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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
1515-1525
1515-25; side1 + long1
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  • There will be a brief sidelong glance at a landscape, and then he's drawing it.
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  • Garibaldi himself gave me slap on the back and shot me a sidelong glance.
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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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