[ sahyd-step ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌstɛp /

verb (used without object), side·stepped, side·step·ping.

to step to one side.
to evade or avoid a decision, problem, or the like.

verb (used with object), side·stepped, side·step·ping.

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

side·step·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for side-stepping


/ (ˈsaɪdˌstɛp) /

verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped

to step aside from or out of the way of (something)
(tr) to dodge or circumvent

noun side step

a movement to one side, as in dancing, boxing, etc

Derived Forms

sidestepper, noun
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