- 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.
Sidestep is to avoid something by going around it or by not discussing it.
transitive verb-·stepped·, -·step·ping
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
verbside·stepped, side·step·ping, side·steps
- 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.
- A step to one side.
- An evasion of an issue or responsibility.
(third-person singular simple present sidesteps, present participle sidestepping, simple past and past participle sidestepped)
- (intransitive) To step to the side.
- To avoid or dodge.
- They sidestepped the issue.