in-steps

instep

[in-step]
noun
1.
the arched upper surface of the human foot between the toes and the ankle.
2.
the part of a shoe, stocking, etc., covering this surface.
3.
the front of the hind leg of a horse, cow, etc., between the hock and the pastern joint; cannon.

Origin:
1520–30; apparently in-1 + step

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instep (ˈɪnˌstɛp)
 
n
1.  the middle section of the human foot, forming the arch between the ankle and toes
2.  the part of a shoe, stocking, etc, covering this
 
[C16: probably from in-² + step]

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instep
1530, apparently from in + step, "though this hardly makes sense" [Weekley].
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instep in·step (ĭn'stěp')
n.
The arched middle part of the foot between toes and ankle.

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