[ step-in ]
/ ˈstɛpˌɪn /
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(of garments, shoes, etc.) put on by being stepped into.


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
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British Dictionary definitions for step-in

step in


(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
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Idioms and Phrases with step-in

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.

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