step back

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Related to step back: make a mark, a far cry from

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(fig) to step back from somethingvon etw Abstand gewinnen; let us step back into the 18th centuryversetzen wir uns einmal ins 18. Jahrhundert zurück
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He set it in front of him, and whilst he was looking at it attentively, such a thick smoke came out that he had to step back a pace or two.
The old gentleman took a step back, with the air of one very much surprised and a trifle hurt; and at that Mr.
As we take much interest in the novel enterprise of this eastern man," and are pleased with his pushing and persevering spirit; and as his movements are characteristic of life in the wilderness, we will, with the reader's permission, while Captain Bonneville is breaking up his camp and saddling his horses, step back a year in time, and a few hundred miles in distance to the bank of the Bighorn, and launch ourselves with Wyeth in his bull boat; and though his adventurous voyage will take us many hundreds of miles further down wild and wandering rivers; yet such is the magic power of the pen, that we promise to bring the reader safe to Bear River Valley, by the time the last horse is saddled.
Her mother's pride in the girl's appearance led her to step back, like a painter from his easel, and survey her work as a whole.
Then suddenly, with the same resolution with which he used to strike hands when making a good purchase, he took a step back and turning up his sleeves began raking the snow off Nikita and out of the sledge.
Put your arm more down her middle, sir," says the high-priestess, and then all step back and watch you intently as though you were going to do a trick with it.
This is going to be one of these seasons that everything's going to be two steps forward, one step back and you're going to go into the playoffs without a whole lot of confidence of what you can do, other than you're just going to have to play hard and make adjustments game by game.
There is so little opportunity to rest during the season, you have to recognize the need to step back when there is an opportunity.
The survey results provide two benefits: an opportunity to step back and look at every technology company's long term potential based on an objective standard of performance; and management insight for technology executives, from brand managers to CEOs.
The manager opened the safe and the robber told her to step back.
Other online banking services actually provide day-old information and we weren't about to take a step back like that," states Cook.