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English definition of “step back”

step back

mainly UK
verb [I + adv/prep] uk phrasal verb with step   /step/ (-pp-) us  
to temporarily stop being involved in an activity or situation in order to think about it in a new way: Let's just step back from the problem and think about what we could do.Abstaining and refraining
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