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step aside/down

verb [I + adv/prep] uk phrasal verb with step   /step/ (-pp-) us  
C2 to leave an important job or position, especially to allow someone else to take your place: He has decided to step down as captain of the team. He is unwilling to step aside in favour of a younger person.
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