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step-in

[step-in] /ˈstɛpˌɪn/
adjective
1.
(of garments, shoes, etc.) put on by being stepped into.
noun
2.
step-ins, panties, especially bias-cut panties with wide legs worn by women in the 1920s and 1930s.
3.
any step-in garment.
Origin of step-in
1920-1925
1920-25; adj., noun use of verb phrase step in
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  • Anno Domini 166<1>, the deane of Exon dyed, and then it was his right to step-in next to the deanry.

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