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v. side·stepped, side·step·ping, side·steps
1. To step aside: sidestepped to make way for the runner.
2. To dodge an issue or a responsibility.
1. To step out of the way of.
2. To evade; skirt: sidestep a difficult question.
1. A step to one side.
2. An evasion of an issue or responsibility.

side′step′per n.
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vb, -steps, -stepping or -stepped
1. to step aside from or out of the way of (something)
2. (tr) to dodge or circumvent
a movement to one side, as in dancing, boxing, etc
ˈsideˌstepper n
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side′ step`

a step to one side, as in dancing or boxing.



v. -stepped, -step•ping. v.i.
1. to step to one side.
2. to evade or avoid a decision or problem.
3. to dodge by stepping aside.
4. to evade or avoid (a decision or problem).
[1900–05, Amer.]
side′step`per, n.
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Past participle: sidestepped
Gerund: sidestepping

I sidestep
you sidestep
he/she/it sidesteps
we sidestep
you sidestep
they sidestep
I sidestepped
you sidestepped
he/she/it sidestepped
we sidestepped
you sidestepped
they sidestepped
Present Continuous
I am sidestepping
you are sidestepping
he/she/it is sidestepping
we are sidestepping
you are sidestepping
they are sidestepping
Present Perfect
I have sidestepped
you have sidestepped
he/she/it has sidestepped
we have sidestepped
you have sidestepped
they have sidestepped
Past Continuous
I was sidestepping
you were sidestepping
he/she/it was sidestepping
we were sidestepping
you were sidestepping
they were sidestepping
Past Perfect
I had sidestepped
you had sidestepped
he/she/it had sidestepped
we had sidestepped
you had sidestepped
they had sidestepped
I will sidestep
you will sidestep
he/she/it will sidestep
we will sidestep
you will sidestep
they will sidestep
Future Perfect
I will have sidestepped
you will have sidestepped
he/she/it will have sidestepped
we will have sidestepped
you will have sidestepped
they will have sidestepped
Future Continuous
I will be sidestepping
you will be sidestepping
he/she/it will be sidestepping
we will be sidestepping
you will be sidestepping
they will be sidestepping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sidestepping
you have been sidestepping
he/she/it has been sidestepping
we have been sidestepping
you have been sidestepping
they have been sidestepping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sidestepping
you will have been sidestepping
he/she/it will have been sidestepping
we will have been sidestepping
you will have been sidestepping
they will have been sidestepping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sidestepping
you had been sidestepping
he/she/it had been sidestepping
we had been sidestepping
you had been sidestepping
they had been sidestepping
I would sidestep
you would sidestep
he/she/it would sidestep
we would sidestep
you would sidestep
they would sidestep
Past Conditional
I would have sidestepped
you would have sidestepped
he/she/it would have sidestepped
we would have sidestepped
you would have sidestepped
they would have sidestepped
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sidestep - a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)
step - the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down; "he walked with unsteady steps"
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
boxing, pugilism, fisticuffs - fighting with the fists
Verb1.sidestep - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
beg - dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted; "beg the question"; "beg the point in the discussion"
quibble - evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
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verb avoid, dodge, evade, duck (informal), skirt, skip, bypass, elude, circumvent, find a way round, body-swerve (Scot.) He was trying to sidestep responsibility.
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To avoid fulfilling or answering completely:
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يَتَجَنَّبيَخْطو جانِبا
uhnout sevyhnout se
sneiîa hjástíga til hliîar
uhnúť sa
kaçınmakyana çekilmek


A. VT [+ problem, question] → eludir, esquivar
he neatly sidestepped the questioneludió or esquivó hábilmente la pregunta
B. VI (Boxing etc) → dar un quiebro, fintar, dar una finta (LAm)
C. N
1. (= step) → paso m hacia un lado
2. (= dodge) → esquivada f
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[+ question, problem, issue] → éluder
vi (= step to one side) (gen)faire un pas de côté (BOXING)esquiverside street nrue f transversale
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1. vt (question, problem) → eludere, scansare
2. vi (Boxing) → schivare
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(said) noun
1. (the ground beside) an edge, border or boundary line. He walked round the side of the field; He lives on the same side of the street as me.
2. a surface of something. A cube has six sides.
3. one of the two of such surfaces which are not the top, bottom, front, or back. There is a label on the side of the box.
4. either surface of a piece of paper, cloth etc. Don't waste paper – write on both sides!
5. the right or left part of the body. I've got a pain in my side.
6. a part or division of a town etc. He lives on the north side of the town.
7. a slope (of a hill). a mountain-side.
8. a point of view; an aspect. We must look at all sides of the problem.
9. a party, team etc which is opposing another. Whose side are you on?; Which side is winning?
additional, but less important. a side issue.
(the ground etc beside) the edge of something. He walked along the dockside/quayside; a roadside café.
having (a certain number or type of) sides. a four-sided figure.
ˈsidelong adjective, adverb
from or to the side; not directly. a sidelong glance; He glanced sidelong.
ˈsideways adjective, adverb
to or towards one side. He moved sideways; a sideways movement.
ˈsideburns noun plural
the usually short hair grown on the side of a man's face in front of the ears.
side effect
an additional (often bad) effect of a drug etc. These pills have unpleasant side effects.
ˈsidelight noun
a light fixed to the side, or at the side of the front or back, of a car, boat etc. He switched his sidelights on when it began to get dark.
ˈsideline noun
1. a business etc carried on outside one's regular job or activity. He runs a mail-order business as a sideline.
2. the line marking one of the long edges of a football pitch etc.
ˈsidelines noun plural
the position or point of view of a person not actually taking part in a sport, argument etc. He threw in the occasional suggestion from the sidelines.
side road
a small, minor road.
ˈsidesteppast tense, past participle ˈsidestepped verb
1. to step to one side. He sidestepped as his attacker tried to grab him.
2. to avoid. to sidestep a problem.
ˈside-street noun
a small, minor street. The man ran down a side-street and disappeared.
ˈsidetrack verb
to turn (a person) aside from what he was about to do. I intended to write letters this evening, but was sidetracked into going to the pictures instead.
ˈsidewalk noun
(American) a pavement or footpath.
from all sides
from every direction. People were running towards him from all sides.
on all sides
all around. With enemies on all sides, we were trapped.
side by side
beside one another; close together. They walked along the street side by side.
side with
to give support to in an argument etc. Don't side with him against us!
take sides
to choose to support a particular opinion, group etc against another. Everybody in the office took sides in the dispute.
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