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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
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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