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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STEP UP

That gives Moike a chance to step up into his place, do you see?

A chorus of shouts addressed to “Sister” bade her step up and have a drink.

His Excellency begged him to step up to Onchan immediately, and to remain for lunch.

I'll step up for them this evening, and I'll be ready to start when you like.'

Will you step up, Mr. Cutbill, and see if his Lordship is In his room?

If he misses, the second hunter may step up five paces, and have his shot.

Whereupon he took a step up to his neck in the deep water, and started to swim.

But at least there was the lunch room without a step up at noon.

When her time came to step up,245 he caught hold of her arm to assist her.

And I will just step up to the tent and give Miss Trevor a similar caution.

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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