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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
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
Related forms
sidestepper, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sidestepped

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 sidestepped
sidestep
1789, from side (adj.) + step (n.). The verb is recorded from 1901; the fig. sense is attested from 1911.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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