- to step to one side.
- to evade or avoid a decision, problem, or the like.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for side-stepping
So the triumph of this week's ruling was side-stepping the Rabbinate altogether and getting the civil courts to settle the issue.A Toast To Gay Divorce In Israel
December 6, 2012
Lennon barely saved himself by the quickest of side-stepping.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
"I just came from the camp," said Tom, side-stepping the real object of his trip.Tom Slade with the Colors
Percy K. Fitzhugh
"I be willing to try," said Uncle, perceiving that he had room for side-stepping.The Soul of Susan Yellam
Horace Annesley Vachell
So I just wanted to say there's no side-stepping, no four-flushing, at this end of the trip!Never-Fail Blake
He can evade it by side-stepping, by jumping over, or by dragging another fellow into it.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- to step aside from or out of the way of (something)
- (tr) to dodge or circumvent
- a movement to one side, as in dancing, boxing, etc
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Word Origin and History for side-stepping
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