- 1[transitive] sidestep something to avoid answering a question or dealing with a problem Did you notice how she neatly sidestepped the question? He sidestepped the issue by saying it was not his responsibility.
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] sidestep (something) to avoid something, for example being hit, by stepping to one side He nimbly sidestepped the tackle and continued down the field.
NAmE//ˈsaɪdstɛp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sidestep
he / she / it sidesteps
past simple sidestepped
-ing form sidestepping