Date: 1900 transitive verb 1. bypass, evade <
sidestep a question
2. to move out of the way of ; avoid <
sidestep a blow
intransitive verb 1. to take a side step 2. to avoid an issue or decision • sidestepper noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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