stepping down


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Noun1.stepping down - a formal resignation and renunciation of powersstepping down - a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
resignation - the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
2.stepping down - the act of abdicatingstepping down - the act of abdicating    
resignation - a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign; "he submitted his resignation as of next month"
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Daylight, dis tam you mek one beeg meestake," French Louis said, straightening up and stepping down from the chairs.
I ought to remember Leonard as my lover," said Helen, stepping down into the field.
And as for Fanny's just stepping down to my house for me-- it is not much above a quarter of a mile--I cannot think I was unreasonable to ask it.
he answered, and stepping down to his cabin, produced a receipt signed "Immanuel Hildesheim.
SIR Bruce Forsyth is stepping down as presenter of the hit BBC1 series, Strictly Come Dancing, after a decade fronting the show.
SIR Bruce Forsyth is stepping down as presenter of the hit BBC1 series Strictly Come Dancing after a decade fronting the show.
He said that he was stepping down now as he felt the time was right.
LORD Moynihan is stepping down as chairman of the BOA.
Information about negotiations about Gaddafi stepping down or seeking a safe refuge inside or outside the country is simply untrue," the China Daily quoted Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, as saying.