Sidestep meaning

sīdstĕp
To avoid by or as by stepping aside; dodge.

To sidestep a difficulty.

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To step to one side; take a side step or side steps.
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A step to the side.
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A motion, physical or metaphorical, to avoid or dodge something.
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(intransitive) To step to the side.
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To avoid or dodge.

They sidestepped the issue.

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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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To step aside.

Sidestepped to make way for the runner.

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To dodge an issue or a responsibility.
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To step out of the way of.
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To evade; skirt.

Sidestep a difficult question.

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A step to one side.
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An evasion of an issue or responsibility.
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Origin of sidestep