[ 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


sidestepper, noun

Definition for sidestep (2 of 2)

side step


a step to one side, as in dancing, skiing, or boxing.

Origin of side step

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sidestep

/ (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 of sidestep

sidestepper, noun
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