Definition of sideways in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪdweɪz/

adverb& adjective

1To, towards, or from the side: [as adverb]: she tilted her body sideways [as adjective]: he hurried towards 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, crabwise;
obliquely, indirectly, sidelong;
archaic askance
lateral, sideward, on the side, side to side
oblique, indirect, sidelong, side;
covert, furtive, surreptitious, sly
1.1 [as adverb] With one side facing forward: the lorry 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.
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 ministers
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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.
2By an indirect way: [as adverb]: he came into politics sideways, as campaign manager for Ronald Reagan
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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.
2.1 [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.

sideways on

From the side; side-on: she was seeing him sideways on, all profile
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  • The figure was smiling faintly, and facing his opponent sideways on, his right side pointing straight at the opposite figure.
  • During the first qualifying session of the day it was my turn in the car and, as I turned into turn three, I was faced by another BMW that had spun in the middle of the corner and was now stationary, sideways on.
  • With this in mind, it becomes easier, perhaps, to approach greatness sideways on, to see it through the eyes of families or friends, wives or siblings, than to grapple with it head on.

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