v. side·stepped, side·step·ping, side·steps
1. To step aside: sidestepped to make way for the runner.
2. To dodge an issue or a responsibility.
1. To step out of the way of.
2. To evade; skirt: sidestep a difficult question.
1. A step to one side.
2. An evasion of an issue or responsibility.
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