step out on

step out on
   to deceive (a regular sexual partner) by having a sexual relationship with another
   Of either sex:
    Do you think Haveabud and your mother had a sexual relationship? Do you think I ever stepped out on her? (A. Beattie, 1989)
   To step out with someone, or to step out together is to be courting:
    Before long they were stepping out together and although Thea was strictly chaperoned, they had soon become very close. (M. Clark, 1991)

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  • step out — ► step out 1) leave a room or building briefly. 2) N. Amer. informal have a romantic or sexual relationship. 3) walk with long or vigorous steps. Main Entry: ↑step …   English terms dictionary

  • step out — verb go outside a room or building for a short period of time (Freq. 6) • Hypernyms: ↑exit, ↑go out, ↑get out, ↑leave • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * intransitive verb …   Useful english dictionary

  • step out — v. 1)(D; intr.) to step out into (to step out into the corridor) 2) (D; intr.) to step out on ( to betray ) (he was stepping out on his wife) * * * [ step aʊt] (D; intr.) to step out on (he was step outping out on his wife; to betray ) (D;intr.)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • step out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms step out : present tense I/you/we/they step out he/she/it steps out present participle stepping out past tense stepped out past participle stepped out mainly American to leave a place for a short time I m… …   English dictionary

  • step-out — /ˈstɛp aʊt/ (say step owt) noun 1. (in geophysical exploration) the effect which the horizontal distance between the shot point and the seismometer has on the time taken for the reflection of seismic waves. 2. Also, step out well. an oil well… …   Australian English dictionary

  • step out — Synonyms and related words: carouse, cast off, celebrate, cut loose, debauch, doff, douse, drop, hell around, jollify, jolly, lark, let go, let loose, let off steam, make merry, make whoopee, put off, raise hell, remove, revel, roister, see life …   Moby Thesaurus

  • step out of — phr verb Step out of is used with these nouns as the object: ↑carriage, ↑room, ↑shadow …   Collocations dictionary

  • step-out — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: step out : a well drilled outside but near a proved oil field …   Useful english dictionary

  • step out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If someone steps out of a role or situation, they leave it. [V P of n] I don t regret stepping out of the security of marriage. [Also V P] 2) PHRASAL VERB If someone steps out, they appear in public, especially wearing particular… …   English dictionary

  • step out — {v. phr.} 1. To go out, particularly socially, as on a date. * /Paul said to Sylvia, You look so dressed up tonight you must be stepping out, eh? / 2. To leave for a short period during the work day to go to the lavatory or to get a cup of coffee …   Dictionary of American idioms

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