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Move out of the way, as in
Please step aside—I've got my arms full of groceries
. This usage was first recorded in 1530.
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® Idioms Dictionary
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