AskDefine | Define sidestep

Dictionary Definition

sidestep n : a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing) v : 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" [syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck] [also: sidestepping, sidestepped]

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


  1. To step to the side.
  2. To avoid or dodge.
    They sidestepped the issue.

Extensive Definition

Sidestep may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about the bush, around the bush, avert, avoid, back and fill, bear off, beat about, beat around, beg the question, bicker, blench, blink, boggle, burke, bypass, cavil, choplogic, circumvent, cringe, dodge, draw aside, draw back, duck, ease off, edge, edge off, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fade, fall back, fence, flinch, fly off, gee, glance, glance off, go crabwise, go off, go sideways, hang back, haw, head off, hedge, hem and haw, hum and haw, jib, lateral, lateralize, make leeway, make way for, mince the truth, mince words, move aside, mystify, nitpick, obscure, palter, parry, pick nits, prevaricate, pull away, pull back, pussyfoot, put off, quail, quibble, recoil, reel back, retreat, sheer off, shift, shift off, shirk, shove aside, shrink, shrink back, shuffle, shun, shunt, shy, shy away, shy off, side, sideslip, sidetrack, sidle, skew, skid, skirt, split hairs, start aside, start back, steer clear of, step aside, swerve, switch, tergiversate, turn aside, turn away, turn back, veer, veer off, waffle, ward off, weasel, weasel out, wince
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