Definition of sidestep in English:

sidestep

Line breaks: side|step
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪdstɛp
 
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verb (sidesteps, sidestepping, sidestepped)

[with object]
1Avoid (someone or something) by stepping sideways: he sidestepped a defender and crossed the ball
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  • ‘Apparently not,’ he said, sidestepping her and walking past her.
  • He waved his hand impatiently as he quickly sidestepped the waterfall and walked briskly down the shaded stone path.
  • I run down Courtenay Place, sidestepping someone as I swerve at speed onto Taranaki Street, passing the doctor's and the florist and leaping across the road beside the bookstore.
1.1Avoid dealing with or discussing (something problematic or disagreeable): he neatly sidestepped the questions about riots
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  • And getting together for tea neatly sidesteps the tricky business-lunch question of whether it's appropriate to drink.
  • Her questions had been neatly sidestepped and deflected.
  • Despite its potential to broach the complex issue of integration to a mainstream audience, Radio manages to neatly sidestep all of the problems that typically plague students with disabilities.
Synonyms
avoid, evade, dodge, escape, elude, circumvent, skirt round, give a wide berth to, find a way round, bypass, steer clear of, get out of, shirk
informal duck
1.2 [no object] Skiing Climb or descend by lifting alternate skis while facing sideways on the slope: we learned how to sidestep up the slope and slide cautiously down
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  • Everybody, even our best skiers, cautiously sidestepped down the first narrow pitch, then made cautious traverses and kick turns.
  • As skiers did prior to machine grooming, we sidestepped and herringboned uphill to pack down the powder and skied down several times.
  • If it's short, you can sidestep down the slope: face across the hill and step sideways down.

noun

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A step taken sideways, typically to avoid someone or something: a boxercise workout that incorporates an intricate combination of sidesteps with left and right hooks
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  • With a parry and a sidestep, he deftly avoided the deadly club.
  • Mike pushed his way through the crowd, dekeing out the gawking barricades with daring sidesteps and inexpert but effective shoulder-blocks.
  • It's two steps forward, one step backward, and then a sidestep.

Derivatives

sidestepper

noun
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  • Fortunately the sidesteppers, the bullfighters, didn't have any swords, so the bulls tended to win that day, which was great to see.
  • These creatures include the turtle-like shell creepers, crab-like sidesteppers, hopping fighterflies, and so on.
  • The Kettler Side Stepper is a compact but effective piece of equipment to help you increase your heart rate, at the same time strengthening your leg and thigh muscles.

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