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English definition of “step”

step

verb [I]
 
 
/step/
step into the breach to do someone else's work when they are unable to do it: Bill's illness meant that Kathy had to step into the breach.
step on it informal used to tell someone to drive faster or to hurry: Could you step on it? I'm late. If we want to get these orders out on time, we're going to have to step on it.
step out of line to behave in a way that is unacceptable or not expected: If he steps out of line, he could be fired.
(Definition of step verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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