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step off

1. Literally, to take steps down from and off of something. Step off that table before you fall and crack your head open! I recognized her the moment she stepped off of the train.
2. To achieve an approximate measurement of some distance by counting the number of steps it takes to traverse it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "step" and "off." My foot is almost exactly 12 inches in length, so I can just step off the border of the fence and we'll get a pretty close guess as to how long it needs to be. Step the width of this room off to see if the mattress will even fit in here.
3. slang To stop interfering or involving oneself with someone or something; to get away from someone or something. Used almost exclusively as an imperative. Step off, man, this is none of your business. You'd better step off right now before I knock your lights out.
See also: off, step

step something off

to measure a distance by counting the paces required to cover it. she stepped the distance off and noted it on her pad. Liz stepped off the number of feet from the window to the opposite wall.
See also: off, step

step off (of) something

to leave something elevated with one's first step. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) she stepped off the bottom step and walked down the street. Tony stepped off of the bank and waded across the stream.
See also: off, step

step off

to come off something by taking a step. she came to the bottom step and stepped off. Ed was afraid to dive in from the side of the pool, so he just stepped off.
See also: off, step

step off

v.
1. To take a step so that one is no longer on something: The politician stepped off the plane and waved to the crowd.
2. Slang To leave someone or something alone. Used chiefly as a command: Step off—I saw that clock first, and I'm going to buy it!
See also: off, step
References in classic literature ?
"There, on the corner of the square," said Fix, pointing to a house two hundred steps off.
On learning from the porter's wife, who came out to them, that Mihailov saw visitors at his studio, but that at that moment he was in his lodging only a couple of steps off, they sent her to him with their cards, asking permission to see his picture.
While I stood in the passage I had my eyes on her brother's door, which was but ten steps off and which, indescribably, produced in me a renewal of the strange impulse that I lately spoke of as my temptation.
A few steps off, a monstrous sea-spider, about thirty-eight inches high, was watching me with squinting eyes, ready to spring upon me.
Video of the dramatic moment taken from a rear facing dash-cam captures the heart-stopping moment the child steps off the curb in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Early last month, Hayes pledged to donate $5 to the Palatine-based group for every runner who beats his time in the 5K portion of the 5K/10K race, which steps off at 8 a.m.
He steps off the edge into air, great sliding whooshes of sheer freedom, sliding glass of pure oxygen the magnetic dread and pull of it.
of Prudential Douglas Elliman's Retail Leasing and Sales Division, exclusively represented Miriam Rigler in the leasing of her new store and showroom, to open this fall at 41 East 60th Street, just steps off Madison Avenue.
Intermingled is the crisis of faith of an observing Jew as he travels toward a different world from the one he left behind: Binyumin Balaban becomes Benjamin Altman as he steps off the ship and into Boston.
Sidestepping the limits sounds like a small thing, but first steps off the straight and narrow often are.
When reporter Cadillac Jackson steps off the train in Soul City, he is eager to find out what makes the place what it is.
"Many make the trek and we have been getting more and more queries," he says of the journey that steps off in Sao Paulo and ends in Paraty winding along its way through the Serra da Bocaina, where hillsides are alive with monkeys, toucans and other wildlife.
AMERICAN Richard Rodriguez is set to break another world record today when he steps off a big dipper after 2,000 hours.
It involves him being arrested twice - and then freed on bail - when he steps off a Dover ferry from his home in France with his family and girlfriend Anne Machon on August 21.
Every time Mia Hamm steps off a soccer field, the young girls are waiting.