from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To step aside: sidestepped to make way for the runner.
  • intransitive v. To dodge an issue or a responsibility.
  • transitive v. To step out of the way of.
  • transitive v. To evade; skirt: sidestep a difficult question.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A step to the side.
  • n. A motion, physical or metaphorical, to avoid or dodge something.
  • v. To step to the side.
  • v. To avoid or dodge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take a sidestep; step to one side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
  • n. a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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