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step back

1. Literally, to step backward. Everyone step back and give him a bit of space. They stepped back to get a better view of the painting.
2. By extension, to withdraw or remove oneself from something, often in order to consider it from a broader or more objective perspective. You're too focused on this project. You need to step back and consider the bigger picture of the whole company. I think everyone needs to step back from this issue for a moment and think about their motivations a bit more critically.
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step back (from someone or something)

to move away from someone or something; to move back so as to provide space around someone or something. Please step back from the injured woman. Give her some air. Step back and give her some air.
See also: back, step

step back

v.
1. To move backward by taking one or more steps: I stepped back from the edge of the cliff. The police officer told the crowd to step back.
2. To withdraw from something, especially to consider it from a wider perspective: Let's step back from the project for a moment and admire all that we have accomplished. Rather than arguing about every detail, they should step back and determine what is really important.
See also: back, step
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August 4 ( ANI ): United States President Donald Trump is all set to step back onto the campaign trail in West Virginia and would use the campaign rally to make a "very big announcement.
Visitors can really step back in time to see life as it was in 1648 and watch history come alive.
Although I'm looking to step back down into the juniors it doesn't mean I'm not ambitious.
But ahead of a quarter–final against St Johnstone on Tuesday night, McCoist said: "I think it would be recognised as the first proper step back to competing with the big boys again.
STAFF at a new vintage tea room took a step back in time with the help of Stockton students.
Saying Russia's support for the rebels was growing in "scale and sophistication", Rasmussen said: "I call on Russia to step back from the brink, step back from the border and not use peacekeeping as an excuse for war-making.
Ready to step back into the 17th century are reception and year one pupils from Meltham County Junior, Infant and Nursery School who visited Clarke Hall at Wakefield Ready to step back into the 17th century are reception and year one pupils from Meltham County Junior, Infant and Nursery School who visited Clarke Hall at Wakefield ALL dressed up and ready to go were these Meltham youngsters, who were ready for a trip back in time.
FORMER world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu will not be competing at next month's World Championships in Moscow after announcing he is "taking step back from athletics".
However, Idowu released a statement saying: "After some careful consideration I have decided that for the foreseeable future I will be taking a step back from athletics.
Ms Bell will step back into the role of the long-suffering wife of Eddie Grundy and mother to feuding brothers, Will and Ed, next month.
I just want to get happy, not that I'm unhappy, but I just want to take a step back and travel and maybe grow a beard," he added.
Meanwhile, Gary Neville believes Manchester United have been forced to take one step back to start getting some forward momentum again in Europe.
Unfortunately, all Turkish governments in the past took a step back or postponed steps against the terrorist organization.
So when the some-time journalist came good last year, memorably smashing an unbeaten 201 against Surrey on his way to a 1,476-run season haul, there seemed no better time than to let Dale Benkenstein step back from the job he never really wanted in the first place.