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[sahyd-wawk] /ˈsaɪdˌwɔk/
a walk, especially a paved one, at the side of a street or road.
Origin of sidewalk
1660-70; side1 + walk Unabridged
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  • The sidewalks were very narrow underneath these fences, so that Betty often walked in the street to be alongside her companion.

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • By noon the sidewalks were completely covered in miles of streets.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • On the sidewalks were many Chinese, who stopped to look at us, or rather at me.

  • Don't spit on the sidewalks; it spreads disease, and it is against the law.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • But the agencies and sidewalks were filled with men who wandered aimlessly with the objectless shuffle of the unemployed.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for sidewalks


(US & Canadian) a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) pavement
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Word Origin and History for sidewalks



"path for pedestrians on the side of a street," 1739, from side (adj.) + walk (n.). The use of sidewalk for pavement as one of the characteristic differences between American and British English has been noted since at least 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sidewalks



A critical observation, esp an oblique one: took a sideswipe at ''restrictive court decisions''

[1924+; fr sideswipe, ''a glancing blow,'' found by 1917]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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