step aside

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step aside

  1. Move out of the way, as in Please step asideI've got my arms full of groceries. This usage was first recorded in 1530.

  2. Withdraw, make room for a replacement, as in The senior researcher decided to step aside for a younger colleague. [Second half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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