Etymology
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sidestep (n.)

also side-step, 1757, "a stepping to the side" (originally in military drill), from side (adj.) + step (n.). The verb is recorded from 1895; the figurative sense is attested from 1900.

updated on October 08, 2013

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Definitions of sidestep from WordNet
1
sidestep (v.)
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);
Synonyms: hedge / fudge / evade / put off / circumvent / parry / elude / skirt / dodge / duck
2
sidestep (n.)
a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing);
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.