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step down

 (from something)
1. Lit. to come down from something; to alight from something. Please step down from the platform. she stepped down and went back to her chair.
2. Fig. to resign a job or a responsibility. The mayor stepped down from office last week. It's unusual for a mayor to step down.
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step something down

to reduce the intensity or amount of something by one step or grade. See if you can step the lights down a little. step down the lights just a little more.
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step down

to stop doing a job or stop having a position She stepped down as captain of the team.
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step down

1. Resign from office, as in He threatened to step down if they continued to argue with him. [Late 1800s]
2. Reduce, especially in stages, as in They were stepping down the voltage. [c. 1900] Also see step up, def. 1.
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step down

v.
1. To descend with a step: The speaker stepped down from the platform. The carpenter stepped down off the ladder.
2. To resign from a high post: The mayor stepped down after two years in office.
3. To reduce, especially in stages: The scientists stepped down the temperature in the chamber and repeated the test. The transformer steps the power down from 110 volts to 24 volts.
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Connolly, elected AFTRA president three times, described the decision to step down as ``difficult and heart-wrenching.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was quoted by media reports as confirming that Musharraf has agreed to step down from his post of army chief of staff as part of a deal brokered with an opposition Islamic alliance, the six-party Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal.
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Louis Camilleri will step down as Chairman of Kraft but, at the request of the Kraft Board, continue to serve on Kraft's Board of Directors.
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New Delhi, Sep 7(ANI): As Jaswant Singh chaired the meeting of the Public Account Committee on Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in a tizzy, and Deputy Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj has made a public appeal to the expelled leader to step down from the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee urging him 'to keep up to the parliamentary tradition', but Jaswant Singh has refused to budge.
wish list should Arena step down, but the federation wouldn't act, officials said, until Germany's World Cup run finished.
Be a gentleman, step down graciously and leave the club in the hands of a successor who can give the fans what they deserve.
George Pataki, had announced some months ago that he would take a sabbatical from the chancellor's role, but not officially step down.
If Justice Moore cannot separate his personal religious beliefs from his job -- and it's obvious that he has no intention of even trying to do so -- then he ought to step down.
who has been with the Company since August 1993, and has served as the Company's President and CEO since October 2004, will step down as CEO when a new CEO is in place.
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