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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
  • Bond looked at him, frowned, then cast a sidelong look at Graham.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • And Chichikov executed one of his sidelong, deferential bows.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • But it was an oblique nod this time, and there was a sidelong look to match it.

  • He shot her a swift, sidelong glance; then stopped, and turned.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • Four of the five men present measured his mates with sidelong looks.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • He gave Jeckie a sidelong glance, as if laying the blame on her shoulders.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
  • But he scratched his head in perplexity, eyeing Corrigan sidelong.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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