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step aside

Move out of the way, as in Please step aside—I've got my arms full of groceries. This usage was first recorded in 1530.
Withdraw, make room for a replacement, as in The senior researcher decided to step aside for a younger colleague. [ Second half of 1900s ]
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  • He ceased this operation as I approached and was about to step aside.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • step aside one moment, Captain; I have something for your private ear.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • I'll be sorry to see him step aside, as glad as I am to be promoted—and that's honest.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I will step aside and learn how she happens to be alone in my grove.

  • I sprang a step aside from the table between us, found her, and drew her to me.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

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