One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pale-coloured, nocturnal, burrowing rattlesnake that moves sideways over sand by throwing its body into S-shaped curves. It is found in the deserts of North America.
- ‘He doesn't seem to be describing just any kind of slithering, but something akin to the movement of the sidewinder.’
- ‘The Sidewinder will usually only have the eyes and nostrils visible once buried in the sand.’
- ‘Sidewinders use quick motions to wiggle into the sand to bury the greater part of their body.’
A heavy blow with the fist delivered from or on the side.
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