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1With a sideward movement; in a sidelong direction; = sideling. Now Scottish.
2Scottish and English regional (northern). Indirectly; in an unstraightforward or indirect manner; with a sidelong look, especially one indicating suspicion or disapproval.
Scottish. Moving or directed sideways; sidelong, oblique.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Robert Mannyng (d. c1338), poet and historian. From side + -lings.
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