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step back

1. Literally, to step backward. Everyone step back and give him a bit of space. They stepped back to get a better view of the painting.
2. By extension, 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 step back and consider the bigger picture of the whole company. I think everyone needs to step back from this issue for a moment and think about their motivations a bit more critically.
See also: back, step

step back (from someone or something)

to move away from someone or something; to move back so as to provide space around someone or something. Please step back from the injured woman. Give her some air. Step back and give her some air.
See also: back, step

step back

v.
1. To move backward by taking one or more steps: I stepped back from the edge of the cliff. The police officer told the crowd to step back.
2. To withdraw from something, especially to consider it from a wider perspective: Let's step back from the project for a moment and admire all that we have accomplished. Rather than arguing about every detail, they should step back and determine what is really important.
See also: back, step
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"I promise you that to safeguard the basic values of the country I will not step back from sacrificing whatever I have by upholding the traditions of the ancestors of the Congress party," she added.
The 40-year-old fitness fanatic told Irish Daily Mirror: "It is like when you run your own business and you're juggling a couple of different careers and you become a new mum, you talk to your friends and you look at women in business and you go 'sometimes you got to take a little step back'.
Bradstock defended Step Back's tendency to jump right in the National, reasoning a minor foot injury - possibly picked up crossing the Melling Road - made it even more pronounced.
Shayne is now focusing on a range of film and music projects and makes a welcome return to the stage for Step Back.
The gathering which started around 2pm, had repeatedly chanted 'undur, undur, Mahathir undur' (Malay for 'step back, step back, Mahathir step back').
The solution is to step back and work on tasks that are important but not urgent.
Ambassador-designate to Azerbaijan Earle Litzenberger about President Aliyevs bellicose rhetoric and sporadic outbursts of violence, securing from the nominee a commitment that he would urge the Azerbaijani government to step back from any threatening behavior that disrupts the line of contact, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
'However, everyone is reminded that we will not step back from the elections,' he added.
Park said he decided to "concentrate on the group's overseas businesses," but an industry observer said government pressure to reform the governance structure of the nation's largest financial group is the real reason behind Park's decision to take a step back from management.
STEP Back made virtually every yard of the running to run out a widemargin winner of the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.
"If you have doubts instead of going front in defending you make a step back.
The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.
Republican Senator Susan Collins said President Donald Trump should 'step back' and 'not comment' on special counsel Robert Mueller while he oversees the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
DEFENCE Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has said Britain will not "step back" from European defence despite its impending withdrawal from the EU.