step on it

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v step on it move fast "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests","The cars raced down the street"
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Quotations

  • Anne W. Schaef
    Anne W. Schaef
    “Sometimes it helps to know that I just can't do it all. One step at a time is all that's possible -- even when those steps are taken on the run.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    Walter%20Benjamin
    “Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.”

Idioms

Step on it - This idiom is a way of telling someone to hurry up or to go faster.
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Usage

In literature:

It was only when MacFarlane's firm step was heard on the stairs outside that the two awoke to another world.
"Peter" by F. Hopkinson Smith
No sooner do I take a step on ground that seems ever so firm, than it proves a quicksand.
"Unknown to History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
A step sounded on the ladder and he shut the glass, thrusting it into his pocket and turning a bland, innocent face upon the room.
"Uncle William" by Jennette Lee
For many years Marshall, seated on the steps of the porch, had gazed dreamily at its summit.
"A Tramp Through the Bret Harte Country" by Thomas Dykes Beasley
Hanaud stepped out on to it, looked about him, and returned.
"At the Villa Rose" by A. E. W. Mason
And the Little Boy on the Steps knew that it was Jimmy, the Lamplighter, working his way swiftly and silently.
"The Long Ago" by Jacob William Wright
Brother mounted it slowly, and Sister sat down on the lowest step to hold it steady.
"Brother and Sister" by Josephine Lawrence
The soldiers at once stepped on to it.
"In Freedom's Cause" by G. A. Henty
The Republic has marched on and on, and its step has exalted freedom and humanity.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
On and on it came, waddling forward, the water dripping from it at every step.
"Five Thousand Miles Underground" by Roy Rockwood
I picked it up, and stepping behind a large easy chair, stood on my guard.
"True to Himself" by Edward Stratemeyer
I stepped on it, tripped, and instinctively caught the table to steady myself.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
But all at once I heard a step on the gravel walk, and I knew who it was.
"The Whole Family A Novel by Twelve Authors" by William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton Vorse, Mary Stewart Cutting, Elizabeth Jordan, John Kendrick Bangs, Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edith Wyatt, Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, Alice Brown, Henry Van Dyke
It was gravel on rock bottom, tortuous, but open, with infrequent and shallow downward steps.
"The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
We must fix it again on the bottom steps.
"The Lion of the North" by G.A. Henty
It was dark when he stepped on to the platform, and darker still when he rang the bell of Judge Ostrander's house.
"Dark Hollow" by Anna Katherine Green
Daylight was coming on apace, the town would soon be awake, and it was necessary to take some decisive step.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
But if he could leave it on the door-step just while he's here I should be obliged to him.
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
It was not necessary for Percival to call for order when he appeared on the steps and began to speak.
"West Wind Drift" by George Barr McCutcheon
From this point on we had about eleven miles to make, and every step of it was made at a walk.
"Over Prairie Trails" by Frederick Philip Grove
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In poetry:

Soft its steps, and mild its mien,
As when twilight's urn above
Pours on earth's awakening scene
More and more of light and love.
"Faith and Works" by John Bowring
"I watch'd her steps, and silent came
Where she sat her on a stone;—
No watchman stood by the dreary flame,
It burned all alone.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
And all the years we two went forth together
We never heard that third step on the sod.
I was alone–alone before I felt it,
And turned, and looked on God.
"The Answer" by Katherine Hale
And though it wear a transient gloom,
Though darkness on our steps attend—
E'en though it lead us through the tomb,
Its course is bliss, and heaven its end.
"We walk" by John Bowring
At length on his stepping backward a pace
The light of the tube lamp fell on his face,
It was white as if with unspoken fear,
As he turn'd and said, "Bob, come over here."
"Jim Dalley" by Alexander Anderson
But it's too late! I stand before the fatal borne.
To wild applause I won't step on Capitoline,
And glory's laurels on my feeble head
Won't sweeten the bard's frightful lot.
"Tasso Dying" by Konstantin Nikolaevich Batiushkov

In news:

But on an afternoon where offense ruled much of the day, East Hardy 's defense stepped up when it needed it.
7-13 is National 4-H Week and Crookston's North Star 4-H Club is celebrating its 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
"When I was done competing, it was a new chapter in my life and I stepped forward and moved on," said the 33-year-old, who will be inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame on Friday night.
A California nonprofit and its allies, including several former foster care youth, gathered on the steps of a juvenile court Monday morning.
Without it even being on the ballot, gay marriage takes a step forward.
Muni has taken the unprecedented step of condemning one of the paid advertisements on several of its buses.
It might be a little premature but we're pretty stoked on the Navajo Taco pop-up happening at 12 Steps Down (831 Christian St.) on January 21st.
Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) made another step towards the release of its new BlackBerry smartphones on Monday, announcing that it plans to unveil the devices and its new operating system on Jan 30.
STEP, Inc would like to publicly thank Valero and its 21 employees who came to our offices on Sept 4 to help us with various chores.
FBN's Shibani Joshi on the latest investment in Twitter that brings it one step closer to an IPO.
Joe Pulizzi stepped up his business' Twitter presence last year by downloading the add-on application TweetDeck and configuring it to automatically greet people who start following him.
It seems unlikely that Martz will be hired as an NFL coordinator any time soon, and that greatest Show on Turf may no longer be viable with all it's seven-step drops against today's voracious pass rush.
YORK — York Cougars pitcher Keith Davis schooled the Fairfield Central Griffins on Tuesday, teaching them how many steps it took to get from home plate to the visitors' dugout.
I bought this DVD after taking a class here on Maui and loved that it broke the moves down step by step.
Japan took a group of journalists inside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for the first time, stepping up its efforts to prove to the world it is on top of the disaster.
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In science:

At the next step it makes a similar selection among qout (k) links, and so on.
Access time of an adaptive random walk on the world-wide Web
In every algorithmic step, a vertex is selected with weight wd depending only on its current degree d.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
If the support of the walk is itself a random walk (RW), at time t the walker is typically located at the lth step of the walk on which it is moving.
Iterated random walk
It has a noise on detector of about 1000 electrons r.m.s. and the FWHM of the output pulse is about 100 ns for an input step function.
Electron identification performance with ALICE TRD prototypes
However it will be seen later on that a description of dynamics in terms of step operator iteration can never reach 0.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The weights p(i, j ) can be interpreted as transition probabilities of a random walk on Zd ; denote by P its transition matrix and by pm (i, j ) its m-step transition probabilities.
Repulsion of an evolving surface on walls with random heights
Unfortunately, if x and y are uniformly chosen from a graph Gn that satisfies the hypotheses of Theorem 1.2, it turns out that the typical random walk from x to y takes on the order of |Gn | steps.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
In a first step it is shown that given the values of E and Λ on Σ (Dirichlet boundary data), the exterior field is unique.
On global models for isolated rotating axisymmetric charged bodies; uniqueness of the exterior field
Based on the first method of construction (Fig. 1b), at each time step, t, we choose a link, randomly, and connect a new node to each of its endpoints.
Synchronous and Asynchronous Recursive Random Scale-Free Nets
We outline it here because the final step differs slightly from the corresponding argument for RWRE on Zd .
Transient random walks on a strip in a random environment
It can be shown that on the abstract cubes from random edge only needs O(d2 ) steps.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
In its basic realization on a one-dimensional lattice, a persistent random walker possesses constant probabilities for either taking a step in the same direction as the immediately preceding one or for reversing its motion.
Persistent random walk on a site-disordered one-dimensional lattice: Photon subdiffusion
With delay, the walker refers to its position in the past to decide on the bias of his next step.
Delayed Random Walks and Control
When designing for this population, it will be easier on them, if the numbers of steps are minimal.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
We define a CRW-M as the random walk of a particle on a d-dimensional lattice, whose direction is changed at each step, depending on the direction from which it came.
Quantum walks with random phase shifts
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