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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
1920-1925
1920-25; adj., noun use of verb phrase step in
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British Dictionary definitions for step-in

step in

verb
1.
(intransitive, adverb) (informal) to intervene or involve oneself, esp dramatically or at a senior level
adjective
2.
(prenominal) (of garments, etc) put on by being stepped into; without fastenings
3.
(of a ski binding) engaging automatically when the boot is positioned on the ski
noun
4.
(often pl) a step-in garment, esp underwear
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