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step-in

[ step-in ]

adjective

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


noun

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

step in

verb

  1. informal.
    intr, adverb to intervene or involve oneself, esp dramatically or at a senior level


adjective

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

noun

  1. often plural a step-in garment, esp underwear
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Word History and Origins

Origin of step-in1

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

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 .
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Example Sentences

But Donovan said the Heritage Foundation might ask its political allies to step-in on the issue of birth control regulations.

Anno Domini 166, the deane of Exon dyed, and then it was his right to step-in next to the deanry.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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