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  • v. To walk up a set of stairs as exercise.
  • v. A strategy for big city walking to avoid staying on the same street; it involves turning at a corner, walking to the end of the block, crossing the street, then repeating


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  • "We're in a really healthy place for profitability and for future growth," said Dan Montague of Autofacts, the forecasting unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who predicted 12.5 million units of sales in the next year, a modest increase he calls "another stair-step up."

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  • Mr. DUGGINS: Well, I think they're talking a stair-step process, and the big deal was the fact that they want to build the heavy-lift launch rocket that would be, you know, managed and designed out here in Alabama.

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  • The company's new sonic logo—its first—is a stair-step of bright tones.

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  • The working-class neighborhoods on the South Side still cling to the hillsides with their narrow streets, stair-step sidewalks, and worn and sad-looking houses with the kinds of expansive city views that San Franciscans pay millions for.

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  • The miss rate on our trend estimates -- districts where the leader in the poll averages ultimately lost -- increased in stair-step fashion from 6% in the likely or non-competitive districts, to 14% in districts rated as leaning to one party or the other to 28% in the toss-up races.

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  • Heavy, blowing snow slowed down the course and made the top two jumps, with their stair-step ledges, particularly difficult for the skiers.

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  • We do not expect the "stair-step" upward estimate revisions that we saw earlier this year as Street expectations have increased, and the margin story and productivity gains have become better understood.

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  • And, in the case of this New York Times iPhone app, it's clear that Apple didn't do much in the way of fixing "aliasing," that jaggy stair-step effect that occurs along diagonal straight edges when you enlarge text.

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  • Inside, there was a large altar, a stair-step arrangement of shelves of diminishing size.

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  • The Kickstart “Super MoneyMaker” pump is a manual stair-step powered pump that will pull water from a depth of 23 feet and lift it up to twice that height above a given water source.

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