To step off


To step off
Step Step, v. t. 1. To set, as the foot. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect. [1913 Webster]

{To step off}, to measure by steps, or paces; hence, to divide, as a space, or to form a series of marks, by successive measurements, as with dividers. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • step off — {v.} 1. To walk or march quickly. * /The drum major lowered his baton and the band stepped off./ 2. or[pace off]. To measure by taking a series of steps in a line. * /The farmer stepped off the edge of the field to see how much fencing he would… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • step off — {v.} 1. To walk or march quickly. * /The drum major lowered his baton and the band stepped off./ 2. or[pace off]. To measure by taking a series of steps in a line. * /The farmer stepped off the edge of the field to see how much fencing he would… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • step-off — /step awf , of /, n. an abrupt drop, as from a shoreline into deep water. [n. use of v. phrase step off] * * * …   Universalium

  • step-off — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: from step off, v. 1. : an act or instance of stepping off 2. a. : an abrupt dropping off of a shore line into deep water b. : a place where such a dropping off occurs …   Useful english dictionary

  • step off — v To back away, back off. You better step off before you get in trouble! 1980s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • step off the curb — in. to die. □ Ralph almost stepped off the curb during his operation. □ I’m too young to step off the curb …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • step off — phr verb Step off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑kerb, ↑pavement, ↑plane, ↑stage …   Collocations dictionary

  • step\ off — v 1. To walk or march quickly. The drum major lowered his baton and the band stepped off. 2. or pace off. To measure by taking a series of steps in a line. The farmer stepped off the edge of the field to see how much fencing he would need. The… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • step off — vb American 1. to opt out, desist, stop 2. to lose one s temper, become aggres sive Both usages originated in black street slang and may refer to the figurative sense of stepping off the straight and narrow, or the physical sense of leaving a… …   Contemporary slang

  • step off on the wrong foot — start in the wrong way, make a bad start …   English contemporary dictionary


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