step outside


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step outside

 
1. to go outside, as if to get some fresh air. I need to step outside for a minute to get a breath of air. Tom and Harry stepped outside for a moment.
2. to go outside to fight or settle an argument. I find that insulting. Would you care to step outside? Max invited Lefty to step outside.
See also: outside, step

step outside

in. to leave the present area and go to another place, presumably to fight. The two—who had been arguing—stepped outside to settle the matter. Do you want to step outside, smart ass?
See also: outside, step
References in classic literature ?
On this the servants looked terribly uneasy, and made a sign to the doctor that they wished him to step outside for a moment.
For a week he hasn't let Rosy step outside the door with me.
His foot once within the asylum, the criminal was sacred; but he must beware of leaving it; one step outside the sanctuary, and he fell back into the flood.
I heard a step outside, and incontinently flung open the door and found Montgomery within a yard of it.
And if either he, or you, or any other man, is not preceesely satisfied, I will be proud to step outside with him.
Somewhat to their astonishment and disappointment, having requested the young ladies to step outside, we proceeded to make the best toilet of which the circumstances admitted.
This is because it is not there when you lie down, but it is there when you wake up and step outside.
At last he heard a step outside, and the door opened.
She listened to a step outside that caught her ear, and there was a soft knock at the door.
Before I could ask her what she meant, we heard your step outside.
Why don't you step outside, then, and be done with it at once?
And now you hear a step outside the door--the same step, Bertha, is it not
As my friend was asked to step outside on the beach to talk to the manager, while surrounded by three bouncers, I stepped outside to call the police to report a stolen wallet," said the 30-year-old Lebanese.
The party's Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie said the DUP and Sinn Fein planned to step outside the normal power-sharing rules in appointing a new Justice Minister and would effectively bar any nationalist from securing the post.
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