- 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 cleverly sidestepped the tackle.
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdstep//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdstep//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sidestep
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdstep//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdstep//he / she / it sidesteps
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdsteps//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdsteps//past simple sidestepped
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdstept//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdstept//past participle sidestepped
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdstept//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdstept//-ing form sidestepping
BrE BrE//ˈsaɪdstepɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪdstepɪŋ//