step back
Verb

step back

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see step, back
  2. (idiomatic) To stop what one is doing and evaluate the current situation.
    Perhaps we should step back for a second and think about solving this problem a different way.
  3. (idiomatic) To prevent oneself from becoming emotionally involved in a certain situation.
    As a therapist sometimes you have to step back from your clients' lives.
  4. (rail transport, of a driver at a terminal station) to depart driving the train following the train they arrived into the station driving, so as to decrease service turnaround time.
Noun

step back

  1. (idiomatic) A reversion to a former state or situation.



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