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Definition of sidestep verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sidestep
    he / she / it sidesteps
    past simple sidestepped
    -ing form sidestepping
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  1. 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. 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.
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