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[sahyd-step] /ˈsaɪdˌstɛp/
verb (used without object), sidestepped, sidestepping.
to step to one side.
to evade or avoid a decision, problem, or the like.
verb (used with object), sidestepped, sidestepping.
to avoid or dodge by stepping aside.
to evade or avoid (a decision, problem, or the like).
Origin of sidestep
1900-05, Americanism
Related forms
sidestepper, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sidestep


verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
to step aside from or out of the way of (something)
(transitive) to dodge or circumvent
a movement to one side, as in dancing, boxing, etc
Derived Forms
sidestepper, noun
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Word Origin and History for sidestep

also side-step, 1757, "a stepping to the side" (originally in military drill), from side (adj.) + step (n.). The verb is recorded from 1895; the figurative sense is attested from 1900.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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