Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To step aside: sidestepped to make way for the runner.
  • intransitive v. To dodge an issue or a responsibility.
  • transitive v. To step out of the way of.
  • transitive v. To evade; skirt: sidestep a difficult question.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A step to the side.
  • n. A motion, physical or metaphorical, to avoid or dodge something.
  • v. To step to the side.
  • v. To avoid or dodge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take a sidestep; step to one side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
  • n. a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)

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Examples

  • The one who piqued my interest the most was Stefan Polich, the president of Minerva company: there is a short chapter around the middle of the book that that showcases KENYON's brilliant grasp of human character (but this is sadly the only example of it in this book) and I'd ironically - since this is a sidestep from the main storyline - call it the highlight of BoTS.

    Kay Kenyon - Bright of the Sky (Book Review)

  • And then really the last option, which some Republicans call the nuclear option, Heidi, would be to kind of sidestep Senate rules and instead of going for those 60 votes, to instead go for a simple majority of 51.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2009

  • He tried to kind of sidestep it and put Tom Ridge in the White House as an adviser, not Cabinet appointed, not Senate confirmed, no testimony, and no budget.

    CNN Transcript Aug 10, 2004

  • Somebody would make a to-do out of that, and I think that would be unfortunate and it would kind of sidestep what the real issues are.

    CNN Transcript Jul 22, 2002

  • What if I can say -- I think Barbara and Cynthia continue to kind of sidestep this point about the legal advice that someone gets.

    CNN Transcript Aug 21, 2001

  • "I don't think conservatives and their anti-choice activist allies should be given a pass and permitted to "sidestep" this debate," she writes.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • NYTimes. com: FTC's journalism study could 'sidestep' making recommendations

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  • Obviously, this technique, called "sidestep" or "cha-cha" 3D, only works for subjects that are not in motion.

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  • Although outdated gold coins are mainly collected for their numismatic value, gold bullion coins now gain their measure by the metal (gold) substance - and in and of itself are regarded by a lot of investors as a "sidestep" against rising prices or a fund of economic value.

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  • So, today on Technology Deathmatch, I move from hardware to, well, non-hardware in the kind of sidestep to left you'd expect watching Knightmare, only this time we've a much better chance of actually getting somewhere.

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