- 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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It took us all night to sidestep that outrage, but we did it.At Good Old Siwash
He saw that Cheever was quicker than he at the feint and the sidestep.We Can't Have Everything
When a man has anything somebody gets it before he can sidestep.The Fighting Chance
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Maybe he could sidestep the lessons before she pinned him down.The Southerner
Cautiously, prepared for a lunge or a sidestep, Kazan advanced a little.Kazan
James Oliver Curwood
- 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 sidestep
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