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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STEP DOWN

It takes courage to step down from the pinnacle you stood on.

She hastily arose and was about to step down from her pedestal when the door opened.

Would you like to step down to the camp and tell us about it?

Then she realised that this was a step down from her pedestal of aloofness, and was silent again.

Very well; can you turn around and step down on the beam that's just below us?

But Ham's time had not come yet, and he was permitted to step down.

If you're quite comfortable, I'll step down to the village and fetch the medico.

She saw Jim step down and examine something black in the snow.

Come, step down upon my cloak and walk with me out into the moonlight.

Steward,” said the Admiral, “tell the officer of the watch to step down.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English steppan (Anglian), stæppan (West Saxon) "take a step," from West Germanic *stap- "tread" (cf. Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch stap, Old High German stapfo, German stapfe "footstep"), from PIE root *stebh- "to tread, step" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stopa "step, pace," stepeni "step, degree"). Originally strong (past tense stop, past participle bestapen); weak forms emerged 13c., universal from 16c. Stepping stone first recorded early 14c.; in the figurative sense 1650s. Step on it "hurry up" is 1923, from notion of gas pedal; step out (v.) is from 1907.

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