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sidestep

[sahyd-step] /ˈsaɪdˌstɛp/
verb (used without object), sidestepped, sidestepping.
1.
to step to one side.
2.
to evade or avoid a decision, problem, or the like.
verb (used with object), sidestepped, sidestepping.
3.
to avoid or dodge by stepping aside.
4.
to evade or avoid (a decision, problem, or the like).
Origin of sidestep
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
Related forms
sidestepper, noun
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sidestep

/ˈsaɪdˌstɛp/
verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
1.
to step aside from or out of the way of (something)
2.
(transitive) to dodge or circumvent
noun
3.
a movement to one side, as in dancing, boxing, etc
Derived Forms
sidestepper, noun
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Word Origin and History for sidestep
n.

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.

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