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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 ?
At last I heard steps outside, and the hostler who had put up the traveler's horse burst into the stable with a lantern, and began to untie the horses, and try to lead them out; but he seemed in such a hurry and so frightened himself that he frightened me still more.
On the stone steps outside stood Oolanga, with the mongoose box slung over his shoulder.
I ax your pardon, sir, acknowledging you for to be captaing at this present; but I claim my right, and steps outside for a council."
These casuchas are round little towers, with steps outside to reach the floor, which is raised some feet above the ground on account of the snow-drifts.
The new playground is part of a four-month repair and replace programme involving pipework, and post-earthquake repairs to the Sumner Clock Tower and steps outside the Ocean Cafe and Bar.
[USA], Nov 13 (ANI): American singer Carrie Underwood broke her wrist and suffered from 'multiple injuries' after she fell on the steps outside of her home.
We were dragged all the way from the beach, through the bar, with everyone watching us, to the main door and dumped unceremoniously on the steps outside. My clothes were ripped apart and ruined.
They have pledged to keep their homes smoke-free by making sure that smokers take seven steps outside.
Mary Hedges was unable to get into her dental practice as a disabled ramp or handrail cannot be installed at steps outside the Grade II-listed building.
They said the man verbally abused the girl, who was with two friends, as they sat on the steps outside the shop.
SMOOTH-voiced Richie steps outside his comfort zone and tries his hand at contemporary R&B, bringing in a credible cast of producers and writers ranging from Wyclef Jean to Dallas Austin.
A beaming Dolly said: "We visit a park and then get our picture taken on the steps outside the little Baptist church where we said our 'I dos."
Recently, children on a school trip to the new waste-of-money assembly building were refused permission to eat their sandwiches inside but were told they were welcome to eat them on the steps outside, in the cold.
So rather than let fans down, the guys played guitar and sang on the steps outside the venue.
Park general manager David Ross said the youngster, which was the first female rhino to be born at Knowsley, would be taking her first steps outside in the spring.