noun Date: 1921 an article of clothing put on by being stepped into: as a. a shoe resembling but usually having a higher vamp than a pump and having concealed elastic to adjust the fit b. short panties for women — usually used in plural • step-in adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • step-in — /step in /, adj. 1. (of garments, shoes, etc.) put on by being stepped into. n. 2. step ins, panties, esp. bias cut panties with wide legs worn by women in the 1920s and 1930s. 3. any step in garment. [1920 25; adj., n. use of v. phrase step in]… …   Universalium

  • step-in — [step′in΄] adj. put on by being stepped into [a step in dress] n. 1. a step in garment 2. [pl.] Old fashioned short panties worn by women …   English World dictionary

  • step in — ► step in 1) become involved in a difficult situation, especially in order to help. 2) act as a subst itute for someone. Main Entry: ↑step …   English terms dictionary

  • step-in — step′ in adj. 1) clo (of garments, shoes, etc.) put on by being stepped into 2) clo step ins, wide leg panties for women • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • step in — index enter (go in), intercede, intervene Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • step in — [v] become involved arrive, be invited, chip in*, come, enter, intercede, interfere, intermediate, interpose, intervene, lend a hand*, mediate, negotiate, take action; concepts 100,324,384 Ant. abandon, leave, wash hands  …   New thesaurus

  • step in — verb 1. get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force (Freq. 2) Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II? • Syn: ↑intervene, ↑interfere, ↑interpose • Derivationally related forms: ↑interference …   Useful english dictionary

  • step in — UK US step in Phrasal Verb with step({{}}/step/ verb [I] ► [I] to become involved in a difficult situation or argument in order to help: »She stepped in to defend her team from unfair criticism. step in to do sth »An outside buyer has stepped in… …   Financial and business terms

  • step in — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms step in : present tense I/you/we/they step in he/she/it steps in present participle stepping in past tense stepped in past participle stepped in to become involved in a discussion or argument, especially in… …   English dictionary

  • step in — PHRASAL VERB If you step in, you get involved in a difficult situation because you think you can or should help with it. [V P] If no agreement was reached, the army would step in... [V P] There are circumstances in which the State must step in to …   English dictionary

  • step in — {v.} 1. To go inside for a quick visit. * /It was a cold night, and when the policeman passed, we invited him to step in for a cup of coffee./ 2. To begin to take part in a continuing action or discussion, especially without being asked. * /When… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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