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a step in the right direction

An action or decision that is considered indicative of positive progress. Enrolling in that degree program was a step in the right direction toward changing careers.
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step in the right direction, a

A move that advances a course of action, as in Asking Bill to resign is a step in the right direction. This idiom was first recorded in 1871.
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President Donald Trump's plan to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, calling it a "positive" message and a step in the right direction.
We believe it's a step in the right direction for Dennis," said his agent.
Towards this end, the induction of INS Chakra is a step in the right direction," he added.
Controlled openings that let users shake out the portion size they expect to eat would be a step in the right direction, and help to reduce waste and germ-spreading reach-ins.
If the review which took all phone-ins off air earlier this week means that in future viewers will have a clearer idea of what they are getting into, that's a step in the right direction.
Although recordkeeping agreements may not provide all of the answers (because the IRS will retain the ability to challenge on substantive grounds whether particular expenses qualify for the research credit), such agreements may be a step in the right direction for taxpayers looking for more assurance on their research credit documentation.