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break step

1. Literally, to stop walking or marching in unison with others. Come on, Tommy, don't break step! This band formation has to look perfect at the football game on Saturday!
2. By extension, to break from conformity with a larger group or others who one previously agreed with. The eminent scientist broke step with the research team by suggesting an entirely different conclusion about the data.
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Describing nationalization of banks in 1969 and 1979 as a path breaking step in deploying financial services for the transformation of the economy, Mukherjee said, "Banking industry is not a wealth generating mechanism but a wealth transmission and distribution mechanism.
The emulsion breaking step of the CD Pre-T uses forced flotation with a flocculent.
Turning without breaking step, she beams a smile and says: 'Yes, very happy.
Newmark Knight Frank released a sobering outlook for the Manhattan office market, breaking step with other major real estate services firms in the city that who at the end of the third quarter argued that Manhattan could weather economic problems because its vacancy level is low and few new office towers have been added to its supply in recent years.
"He got past me without breaking step. I did my best, but he was too slippery."
In a ground breaking step, the punishment will be decided by victims and other members of the community.