step-in

[ step-in ]
/ ˈstɛpˌɪn /

adjective

(of garments, shoes, etc.) put on by being stepped into.

noun

step-ins, panties, especially bias-cut panties with wide legs worn by women in the 1920s and 1930s.
any step-in garment.

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Origin of step-in

First recorded in 1920–25; adj., noun use of verb phrase step in

Definition for step in (2 of 2)

Origin of step

before 900; (v.) Middle English steppen, Old English steppan; cognate with Old High German stepfen; akin to stamp; (noun) Middle English; Old English stepe

OTHER WORDS FROM step

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH step

step steppe
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British Dictionary definitions for step in (1 of 4)

step in

verb

(intr, adverb) informal to intervene or involve oneself, esp dramatically or at a senior level

adjective step-in

(prenominal) (of garments, etc) put on by being stepped into; without fastenings
(of a ski binding) engaging automatically when the boot is positioned on the ski

noun step-in

(often plural) a step-in garment, esp underwear

British Dictionary definitions for step in (2 of 4)

step
/ (stɛp) /

noun

verb steps, stepping or stepped

Derived forms of step

steplike, adjective

Word Origin for step

Old English stepe, stæpe; related to Old Frisian stap, stepe, Old High German stapfo (German Stapfe footprint), Old Norse stapi high rock

British Dictionary definitions for step in (3 of 4)

Step
/ (stɛp) /

noun

  1. a set of aerobic exercises designed to improve the cardiovascular system, which consists of stepping on and off a special box of adjustable height
  2. (as modifier)Step aerobics

British Dictionary definitions for step in (4 of 4)

STEP
/ (stɛp) /

n acronym for

Special Temporary Employment Programme
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Idioms and Phrases with step in (1 of 2)

step in

Enter into an activity or situation; also, intervene. For example, The business was doing poorly until Stan stepped in, or They are going to make a mess of the mailing unless someone steps in and shows them what to do. [Late 1400s] Also see step into.

Idioms and Phrases with step in (2 of 2)

step

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