step back

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step back (third-person singular simple present steps back, present participle stepping back, simple past and past participle stepped back)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see step,‎ back.
  2. (idiomatic) To stop what one is doing and evaluate the current situation.
    Perhaps we should step back for a second and think about solving this problem a different way.
  3. (idiomatic) To prevent oneself from becoming emotionally involved in a certain situation.
    As a therapist sometimes you have to step back from your clients' lives.
  4. (rail transport, of a driver at a terminal station) to depart driving the train following the train they arrived into the station driving, so as to decrease service turnaround time.


step back (plural steps back)

  1. (idiomatic) A reversion to a former state or situation.

See also[edit]

(rail transport): double-end, double-ending