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English definition of “sidestep”

sidestep

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈsaɪd.step/ (-pp-) us  
to step to the side in order to avoid something, especially being hit: He sidestepped the blow/the tackle.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive to avoid talking about a subject, especially by starting to talk about something else: The speaker sidestepped the question by saying that it would take him too long to answer it.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
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