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sideways

When something occurs on or in the direction of one side, it happens sideways. You can lean over sideways to see if your cat's hiding under the bed, or tip a teapot sideways to pour the last drops out.

Sideways works as an adjective or adverb to describe things that lean toward one side or at an angle. A sideways tilt to a motorcycle might look scary, but it's safe if the rider is experienced. You can also use this word figuratively for "indirect" or "unconventional." So you might describe a movie that approaches serious subjects from a sideways perspective, using comedy. Sideways dates from the mid-16th century.

Definitions of sideways
  1. adverb
    toward one side
    synonyms: sideway, sidewise
  2. adverb
    to, toward or at one side
    synonyms: obliquely, sidelong
  3. adverb
    from the side; obliquely
    synonyms: sideway, sidewise
  4. adverb
    with one side forward or to the front
    synonyms: sideway, sidewise
  5. adjective
    (of movement) at an angle
    synonyms: crabwise
    oblique
    slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
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