step back

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Related to step back: make a mark, a far cry from

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(fig) to step back from somethingvon etw Abstand gewinnen; let us step back into the 18th centuryversetzen wir uns einmal ins 18. Jahrhundert zurück
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He set it in front of him, and whilst he was looking at it attentively, such a thick smoke came out that he had to step back a pace or two.
The old gentleman took a step back, with the air of one very much surprised and a trifle hurt; and at that Mr.
As we take much interest in the novel enterprise of this eastern man," and are pleased with his pushing and persevering spirit; and as his movements are characteristic of life in the wilderness, we will, with the reader's permission, while Captain Bonneville is breaking up his camp and saddling his horses, step back a year in time, and a few hundred miles in distance to the bank of the Bighorn, and launch ourselves with Wyeth in his bull boat; and though his adventurous voyage will take us many hundreds of miles further down wild and wandering rivers; yet such is the magic power of the pen, that we promise to bring the reader safe to Bear River Valley, by the time the last horse is saddled.
Her mother's pride in the girl's appearance led her to step back, like a painter from his easel, and survey her work as a whole.
Then suddenly, with the same resolution with which he used to strike hands when making a good purchase, he took a step back and turning up his sleeves began raking the snow off Nikita and out of the sledge.
Northern Ireland striker Shayne Lavery insisted his move to the Irish League is not a step back as he said he has no thoughts of immediately targeting a return to England.
Walmart plans to dramatically step back from gun sales following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores over the summer, CNBC's Lauren Thomas reports.
While such farce may at times seem almost amusing, take a step back and the picture looks grim.
New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi thanked people of Rae Bareli for re-electing her as the Member of Parliament and said she won't step back from sacrificing anything to safeguard the basic values of the country.
KATHRYN Thomas admitted she is finding it hard to take a step back despite juggling wedding planning, her own business, a TV career and a baby.
STEP BACK, who began the week as a 16-1 shot for Saturday's bet365 Gold Cup, was yesterday cut into 7-1 favourite with the sponsor and other firms - although news of the gamble puzzled connections.
Arriving in Newcastle in November, Step Back! is uniting loads of big names from pop past including Five, B*Witched, Fatman Scoop, S Club, Blazin' Squad and East 17.