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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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  • Suppose they buck and pitch and sidestep and bawl and carry on?

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • It took us all night to sidestep that outrage, but we did it.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • He was walking briskly along the road toward home, when along came a Ford which he did not sidestep quite in time.

  • He saw that Cheever was quicker than he at the feint and the sidestep.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Cautiously, prepared for a lunge or a sidestep, Kazan advanced a little.

    Kazan James Oliver Curwood
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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