Definition of sideways in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsīdˌwāz/

adverb& adjective

1To, toward, or from the side: [as adverb]: she tilted her body sideways [as adjective]: he hurried toward his office without a sideways glance
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  • Nick took a quick glance sideways to the other side of the rink, and immediately followed the example of the first man he saw.
  • She often would face sideways or towards the rest of the band, which only added to the mystery of her performance.
  • I returned to my room, took off my shoes and headed towards my bed, casting a sideways glance at the small pile of wrapped presents at the foot of my bed.
to the side, laterally
obliquely, indirectly, sidelong;
lateral, sideward, on the side, side to side
oblique, indirect, sidelong;
covert, furtive, sly, surreptitious
1.1 [as adverb] With one side facing forward: the truck slid sideways across the road
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  • The book shelves slide forward, then sideways, and then back into the wall.
  • The tires grabbed for a second, then began to spin, and the truck slid sideways.
  • My front wheel hit the rear fender of the car and I ended up sliding along the road sideways.
edgewise, sideward/sidewards, side first, edgeways, end on, broadside
1.2So as to occupy a job or position at the same level as one previously held rather than be promoted or demoted: [as adjective]: after the reshuffle there were sideways moves for managers
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  • Secretly I admire him but I do wonder if he is slipping sideways into journalism rather than scientific editorship.
  • Gordon and Gotch have changed managers while the First Fleet manager in charge of the Sydney distribution has moved sideways.
  • I don't know what post she was moved sideways from - possibly associate executive deputy assistant commissioner.
1.3By an indirect way: [as adverb]: he came into politics sideways, as campaign manager for the president
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  • Camper has always had a sort of sideways commentary on politics.
  • When he saw her out in the garden he bounded out, did the sideways approach, all huffed up and brave, and was all ready to challenge her to a bit of mayhem.
  • He smiled and took a sideways look at her on the sly.
1.4 [as adjective] From an unconventional or unorthodox viewpoint: take a sideways look at daily life
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  • But ‘No Angels’ also takes a sideways look at the often daft directives which are imposed on hospital staff.
  • Successfully fusing elements of comedy, tragedy, and a sideways look at life in one great film is what makes Terms Of Endearment such a marvel.
  • A sideways look at the state education system shows how professionals become in a system that does not focus on individuals.


knock someone sideways

see knock.

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Syllabification: side·ways

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