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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.

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step backUsed other than as an idiom: see step, back.
step backTo prevent oneself from becoming emotionally involved in a certain situation.
step backto depart driving the train following the train they arrived into the station driving, so as to decrease service turnaround time.
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