take a step back

take a step back

1. Literally, to take a single step backward. Everyone take a step back and give him a bit of space. They took a take a step back to get a better view of the painting.
2. 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 take a step back and consider the bigger picture of the whole company. I think everyone needs to take a step back from this issue for a moment and think about their motivations a bit more critically.
See also: back, step, take
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Instead of fighting like siblings who can't stand each other, take a step back and ask yourself, "If this were our first date, what would I say?