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 for To step out
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Step \Step\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stepped; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Stepping.] [AS. staeppan; akin to OFries. steppa, D.
     stappen to step, stap a step, OHG. stepfen to step, G. stapfe
     a footstep, OHG. stapfo, G. stufe a step to step on; cf. Gr.
     ? to shake about, handle roughly, stamp (?). Cf. Stamp, n.
     & a.]
     1. To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by
        raising and moving one of the feet to another resting
        place, or by moving both feet in succession.
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     2. To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance;
        as, to step to one of the neighbors.
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     3. To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.
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              Home the swain retreats,
              His flock before him stepping to the fold.
                                                    --Thomson.
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     4. Fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination.
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              They are stepping almost three thousand years back
              into the remotest antiquity.          --Pope.
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     To step aside, to walk a little distance from the rest; to
        retire from company.
  
     To step forth, to move or come forth.
  
     To step in or To step into.
        (a) To walk or advance into a place or state, or to
            advance suddenly in.
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                  Whosoever then first, after the troubling of the
                  water, stepped in, was made whole of whatsoever
                  disease he had.                   --John v. 4.
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        (b) To enter for a short time; as, I just stepped into the
            house.
        (c) To obtain possession without trouble; to enter upon
            easily or suddenly; as, to step into an estate.
  
     To step out.
        (a) (Mil.) To increase the length, but not the rapidity,
            of the step, extending it to thirty-tree inches.
        (b) To go out for a short distance or a short time.
  
     To step short (Mil.), to diminish the length or rapidity of
        the step according to the established rules.
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