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step aside

1. Literally, to take a step to one side so as to let someone or something pass by. Please step aside so I can get this trolley through the aisle. The security guard reluctantly stepped aside and allowed us into the club.
2. By extension, to withdraw or retire from some position so as to allow someone else to take one's place. The CEO announced that he would be stepping aside amidst the recent scandal. Dad, you're nearly 70—why don't you step aside and let someone younger do that job?
See also: aside, step

step aside

 (for someone)
1. Lit. to move out of someone's way. Would you step aside for my uncle and his walker? We had to step aside for the people in wheelchairs to get by.
2. Fig. to retire from an office so someone else can take over. The president retired and stepped aside for someone else. Walter stepped aside for a younger person to take over.
See also: aside, step

step aside

1. 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.
2. Withdraw, make room for a replacement, as in The senior researcher decided to step aside for a younger colleague. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: aside, step

step aside

v.
1. To take a step or to walk to the side so as to give way to another: I stepped aside to let the jogger pass.
2. To resign from a post, especially when being replaced: The chairman of the board asked the executive to step aside for his appointed successor. At the end of her term, she stepped aside and allowed the new appointee to take over.
See also: aside, step
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Last week it was reported that Tesco had also asked commercial director Kevin Grace to step aside pending the independent review by Deloitte.
Any one of these issues would raise an eyebrow," Davis said, adding that in totality, they make it necessary for the prosecutor to step aside.
If they are saying 'we're going to take this in another direction', then I'll gladly step aside.
He had negotiated with the UMNO and BN leadership to stay on until mid-2010, but further deterioration in the standing of BN and UMNO among voters increased the pressure on him to step aside.
So I am suggesting to council leader Rodney Berman that he should ask Coun McEvoy to step aside while he defends this action and resume his duties, depending on the outcome, when the case concludes.
Dawa cannot present any candidate unless al-Jaafari decides to step aside," al-Adeeb said.
It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage.
Worrried that MacArthur, whom he despised, might run and win, he was, willing to step aside to prevent the famous military hero from becoming president.
Rather than accepting a spot on the dais as the disloyal opposition, Robbins should step aside and allow Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, or Howard Zinn to speak from a sounder stance.
Will people step aside to make even more room for me as I pass?
Fortunately, Malashock didn't step aside competely during this company showcase.
Chairman of BBC Trust steps aside CHAIRMAN of the BBC Trust Rona Fairhead is to step aside after two years in the role, the organisation has confirmed.
The move brings to eight the number of those asked to step aside since an inquiry into the error was launched last month by new boss Dave Lewis.
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