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step forward

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.
See also: forward, step

step forward

 
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.
See also: forward, step
References in classic literature ?
Then a big, puffed-up man, of a delicate brown color, stepped forward and said:
When the lid was removed he stepped forward. He evidently did not know that there was a leaden coffin, or at any rate, had not thought of it.
The Brabanter stepped forward with a smile of conscious triumph, and loosed the cord of his weapon.
Prince Andrew stepped forward from among the suite and said in French:
When Werper mumbled some ridiculous jargon in reply his curiosity broke bounds, and he stepped forward, demanding to know what language it was that they spoke.
The master-trainer walked out of the rope square, stepped forward to an imaginary line, and looked down and out and up as if he were gazing at the pit of the orchestra beneath him, across at the body of the house, and up into the galleries.
A tall, broad man stepped forward and took me, and James darted back into the stable.
He stepped forward, and called him by name, and touched his shoulder; but he would not move: so he took the candle and looked at him.