The step-off was a deep hole in the river halfway between Bays's and Bright's.
I knew they would be at the step-off; it's such a lonely place.
Dic could see her sitting with the stranger as she had sat with himself at the step-off.
Near the edge of the step-off platform on the fourth floor was an oaken panel, inscribed with silver lettering in relief.
It was brief, "Please meet me to-morrow at the step-off—three o'clock."
And Harold, who was a good little boy, made it a point not to "let down" when he was beyond the "step-off."
That he might be sure to be on time, Dic was at the step-off by half-past two, and five minutes later Rita appeared.
That afternoon Rita went to the step-off and looked the Indianapolis situation in the face.
Rita had chosen the step-off for her trysting-place because of its seclusion, and partly, perhaps, for the sake of its beauty.
Old English steppan (Anglian), stæppan (West Saxon) "take a step," from West Germanic *stap- "tread" (cf. Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch stap, Old High German stapfo, German stapfe "footstep"), from PIE root *stebh- "to tread, step" (cf. Old Church Slavonic stopa "step, pace," stepeni "step, degree"). Originally strong (past tense stop, past participle bestapen); weak forms emerged 13c., universal from 16c. Stepping stone first recorded early 14c.; in the figurative sense 1650s. Step on it "hurry up" is 1923, from notion of gas pedal; step out (v.) is from 1907.
Old English steppa (Mercian), stæpe, stepe (West Saxon) "stair, act of stepping," from the source of step (v.). Meaning "action which leads toward a result" is recorded from 1540s. Warning phrase watch your step is attested from 1934. Step-dancing first recorded 1886.