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From side +‎ step.


sidestep (plural sidesteps)

  1. A step to the side.
  2. A motion, physical or metaphorical, to avoid or dodge something.


sidestep (third-person singular simple present sidesteps, present participle sidestepping, simple past and past participle sidestepped)

  1. (intransitive) To step to the side.
  2. (transitive) To avoid or dodge.
    They sidestepped the issue.
    • 2011 October 1, Clive Lindsay, “Kilmarnock 1 - 2 St Johnstone”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Kilmarnock ought to have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when Hefferman set up Kroca and, although the defender neatly sidestepped his marker, he fired straight into the chest of Enckelman.