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Definition of sidestep verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sidestep

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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 cleverly sidestepped the tackle.
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