Meaning of “sideways” in the English Dictionary

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"sideways" in British English

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sidewaysadverb, adjective

uk /ˈsaɪd.weɪz/ us /ˈsaɪd.weɪz/

C2 in a direction to the left or right, not forwards or backwards:

The fence is leaning sideways.
If you would move sideways to the left, I can get everyone in the picture.

More examples

  • It would be easier to get the bookcase through the doorway if we turned it sideways on .
  • Crabs walk with a sideways motion.
  • Can you move the chairs sideways a bit?
  • We turned the table sideways to make more room.

(Definition of “sideways” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sideways" in American English

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sidewaysadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈsɑɪdˌweɪz/

from one side to another, or with a side to the front:

If you’d move sideways I could see better.
Turn the table sideways.

If you look at something sideways, you do not look at it directly.

(Definition of “sideways” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)