Idioms

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
Related forms
Can be confusedstep steppe
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British Dictionary definitions for step out (1 of 4)

step out


verb (intr, adverb)

to go outside or leave a room, building, etc, esp briefly
to begin to walk more quickly and take longer strides
US and Canadian informal to withdraw from involvement; bow out
step out with informal to be a boyfriend or girlfriend (of someone), esp publicly

British Dictionary definitions for step out (2 of 4)

step

/ (stɛp) /

noun

verb steps, stepping or stepped

Derived Formssteplike, 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 out (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 out (4 of 4)

STEP

/ (stɛp) /

n acronym for

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

step out


1

Walk briskly, as in He stepped out in time to the music. [c. 1800]

2

Also, step outside. Go outside briefly, as in He just stepped out for a cigarette. [First half of 1500s]

3

Go out for an evening of entertainment, as in They're stepping out again tonight.

4

step out with. Accompany or consort with a person as when going on a date, as in She's been stepping out with him for a month. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with step out (2 of 2)

step


In addition to the idioms beginning with step

  • step aside
  • step by step
  • step down
  • step in
  • step in the right direction, a
  • step into
  • step into someone's shoes
  • step on it
  • step on someone's toes
  • step out
  • step out of line
  • step up

also see:

  • false step
  • in step
  • (step) out of line
  • take steps
  • watch one's step
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