By degrees, as in You'll have to go through this recipe step by step. This idiom transfers putting one foot in front of the other to other kinds of progress. [c. 1700]
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How to use step by step in a sentence
A step-by-step plan to break from your various technology addictions.
Obama may view this as making sensible decisions in a step-by-step manner.Here's How to Dig Out of This 'Stupid Sh*t' U.S. Foreign Policy | Leslie H. Gelb | August 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here, a step-by-step guide to what force-feeding actually means.
Rubin paraphrased: "Graham favor step-by-step [sic] approach," she wrote.
Almost no one puts forward a step-by-step action plan that wanders close to the controversial or practical.
The first attempts were on the "variable current" system, which was later discarded for the "step-by-step" plan mentioned.Steam Steel and Electricity | James W. Steele
He must hold well in hand everybody and every function, having risen, as it were, step-by-step from the ground floor to the roof.Marse Henry (Vol. 2) | Henry Watterson
Complete documentation should be provided, including listings, step-by-step user instructions, and some fully worked out examples.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969 | H. W. Fulbright et al.
Behind the front they now have several lines prepared for a step-by-step defense.
What was the step-by-step process by which you arrived at Havana?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy