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step outside

1. To exit a building and go outdoors, especially briefly or temporarily. We had been in the conference room for nearly three hours, so we all decided to step outside and get some fresh air. You've been in your office all day working. Why don't you step outside for a little while and clear your head?
2. To leave a building or room, especially briefly or temporarily. Usually used as an invitation or demand, as to have a private conversation or settle a dispute. Let's step outside—I'd rather not talk about this in front of the whole class. A: "You've got a face only a mother could love!" B: "Oh yeah? Care to step outside and settle this like a real man?"
See also: outside, step

step outside

 
1. to go outside, as if to get some fresh air. I need to step outside for a minute to get a breath of air. Tom and Harry stepped outside for a moment.
2. to go outside to fight or settle an argument. I find that insulting. Would you care to step outside? Max invited Lefty to step outside.
See also: outside, step

step outside

in. to leave the present area and go to another place, presumably to fight. The two—who had been arguing—stepped outside to settle the matter. Do you want to step outside, smart ass?
See also: outside, step
References in classic literature ?
Ma'ame Pelagie, when she saw that her sister slept, arose noiselessly and stepped outside upon the low-roofed narrow gallery.
Wilson knew Roxy by sight, and when the duel of wits begun to play out, he stepped outside to gather in a record or two.
I had slept late, and I stepped outside with sudden energy, bent upon making up lost time as befitted a dweller on Endeavour Island.
In the morning the door opened and Matt stepped outside. White Fang gazed at him wistfully.
Arnold laughed, and stepped outside the summer-house.
Sobia stepped outside the house crying as the flames of fire had burnt 25 percent of her body.
The cystic fibrosis suffer, from County Durham, was in his tent when he heard "a noise like thunder" and stepped outside to be confronted by an avalanche.
The teenager has not been seen since she stepped outside to go to the bins at her home in Linton Street at 8pm on Saturday.
Police believe he may have stepped outside to investigate a power cut when he was ambushed by three men and dragged back into the house.
As my friend was asked to step outside on the beach to talk to the manager, while surrounded by three bouncers, I stepped outside to call the police to report a stolen wallet," said the 30-year-old Lebanese.
The divorced mum of two, who had allergies to pet hair, many foods and latex, then stepped outside to get some fresh air and collapsed on the pavement.
The victim had stepped outside The Crew, in Queen's Road, Nuneaton, for a cigarette when he was approached by a gang, at about 10.30pm on Boxing Day.
Officers were alerted at around 3am yesterday after a man who could not sleep stepped outside for some air and spotted the elderly woman in the Kimblesworth Walk area of Newton Aycliffe.
The victim, who isn't being identified, stepped outside his home in Mitchell Street, South Moor, near Stanley, after some windows were damaged around 11pm on Sunday.
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