1Become involved in a difficult or problematic situation, especially in order to help or prevent something from happening.
- It really is time that city hall stepped in to try and salvage the situation!
- By Saturday of last week local African Caribbean churches had stepped in to try to calm the situation down.
- A while ago I was involved in an incident where I stepped in to help someone who was being spat at by a racist.
1.1Act as a substitute for someone: Lucy stepped in at very short notice to take Joan’s place
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- Neither bothered to turn up and the business editor stepped in to do an admirable job as a late substitute.
- Blindside flanker Jim Nicholson is out through injury, so natural replacement Duncan Phillips steps in.
Denoting a garment or pair of shoes that is put on by being stepped into and has no need for fasteners.
- First came her feet in elegant high heeled black step-in sandals.
- The old, slotted cleats and soft leather cycling shoes allowed feet quite a bit of movement, but the newer step-in cleats and more rigid shoes with a heel counter locked feet in one position.
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