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Related to step forward: one step forward and two steps back
1. To move toward a frontward position. The girl stepped forward to receive her award. A single person in the row stepped forward to
2. To identify or present oneself in order to provide information or volunteer to do something. I said that everyone would be punished if the perpetrator didn't confess, but no one stepped forward. We're hoping someone will step forward and volunteer to take over the project.
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1. Lit. to move forward one step or several steps. The volunteer stepped forward. I stepped forward and someone moved up behind me immediately.
2. Fig. to volunteer to present important information. When I go into court, I will have to step forward and present evidence. It is my civic duty. If you have information to present, you should step forward and seek recognition to do so.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.