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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STEPPING

Stepping into the store, he attracted the attention of the proprietor.

Stepping out into the hall she knocked lightly on Evelyn's door.

It was not a tree with which he was familiar, and stepping back, he looked at it carefully.

He turned to where I trembled, and stepping downward crowned me.

Mary had thrown her shawl over her head, and was just stepping out.

Away went Pat, stepping jauntily with his basket on his arm.

The young woman rose from her chair and faced him, stepping back a pace.

It is you who must pardon me,' she said, stepping past him. '

Stepping heedlessly into the ankle-deep muck, Solange walked forward.

And, stepping forward, she dealt Nana a couple of hearty cuffs.

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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