adjective & adverb
1To, toward, or from the side.[as adverb] ‘she tilted her body sideways’[as adjective] ‘he hurried toward his office without a sideways glance’lateral, sideward, on the side, side to sideoblique, indirect, sidelong, sideto the side, laterally, crabwiseobliquely, indirectly, sidelongView synonyms
- 1.1[as adverb]With one side facing forward.‘the truck slid sideways across the road’edgewise, sidewards, side first, edgeways, end onView synonyms
- 1.2So as to occupy a job or position at the same level as one previously held rather than be promoted or demoted.[as adjective] ‘after the reshuffle there were sideways moves for managers’
- 1.3By an indirect way.[as adverb] ‘he came into politics sideways, as campaign manager for the president’
- 1.4[as adjective]From an unconventional or unorthodox viewpoint.‘take a sideways look at daily life’
- 1.1[as adverb]With one side facing forward.
knock someone sideways
informal Astonish someone.
overwhelm, overpower, stun, stupefy, amaze, astound, astonish, stagger, take someone's breath away, leave someone open-mouthed, dumbfound, confound, take abackView synonyms
- ‘But Preston were knocked sideways by the shock of seeing their impregnable lead suddenly wiped out.’
- ‘The sheer wealth and size and richness of America knocked me sideways.’
- ‘Every now and then, something came up which would completely knock you sideways.’
- ‘When they performed this on TOTP, I was knocked sideways.’
- ‘That said, most of what he plays washes over me these days - but once in a while, something comes along and knocks you sideways.’