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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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It is not yet clear who will be willing to take over as none of the four stepped forward to assume the Interim Presidency after Rakhimov stepped aside.
"Fr Sean Cahill has resumed priestly ministry, the same innocent priest he was when he voluntarily stepped aside in February 2010.
Until then the PCC will continue with acting chairman Prof Robert Pinker, who took the reins after Lord Wakeham stepped aside 'as a matter of honour' on January 31.
Sensing a rift ahead, Chad stepped aside and took a lesser see." But, Al Gore may be pleased to note, "he had his reward in death: Saint Chad is honored March 2 in the Episcopal Church."
Haji said he doesn't have a problem with the Executive as most of those implicated in graft have stepped aside.
They must appear before us and explain themselves whether theyve stepped aside or not.
Sadly, Blatter should have stepped aside months ago, when his own ethics investigator into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups turned in a report that was then parsed, redacted and hidden away.
A parliamentary candidate running in the Capital Governorate's constituency six last night stepped aside for his competitor.
Balasubramanian) were appointed by the BCCI after I had stepped aside, I had nothing to do with the committee.
1 : to move in a particular way or direction by lifting one foot and putting it down in another spot <They stepped aside to let me pass.>
The Palace boss stepped aside for last week's friendly against hosts Holland - who are also the holders - which England won under the guidance of Sammy Lee to establish themselves as contenders for the title.
According to brokers involved in the deal, the Office of the Comptroller stepped aside willingly in order to facilitate the transaction, which will give Aon a strong presence downtown and contribute to the ongoing resurgence of the area's office market.
Ms Harney's supporters alleged the crisis was sparked by Mr McDowell issuing the ultimatum that he would not run in the next election unless she stepped aside as leader.
But Showtime's Jay Larkin said his network stepped aside to allow Evander Holyfield to fight Lewis twice on HBO and wasn't about to step aside again.
Mbogo and NYS director general Richard Ndubai - who have since stepped aside for three months - are among top-ranking government officials questioned by the police over the scandal, earlier reported to be close to Sh9 billion.