- Sidestep is to avoid something by going around it or by not discussing it.
- An example of sidestep is when there is a pot hole in the street and you drive around it.
- When your friend asks if you like her new boyfriend and you comment that if she's happy, you're happy (instead of actual answering the question), this is an example of how to sidestep of the question.
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transitive verb sidestepped, sidestepping
to avoid by or as by stepping aside; dodge: to sidestep a difficulty
to step to one side; take a side step or side steps
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verb side·stepped, side·step·ping, side·steps verb, intransitive
- To step aside: sidestepped to make way for the runner.
- To dodge an issue or a responsibility.
- To step out of the way of.
- To evade; skirt: sidestep a difficult question.
- sideˈstepˌper noun