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  • v. To resign from office.
  • v. To gradually reduce something, a little at a time, as an electronic step down transformer.


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  • The first step down a road that would see her on the Amyrlin Seat in Tar Valon, or else deliver her firmly into the grasp of the Hall, with nothing left to decide except whether it was Romanda or Lelaine who told her what to do.

    The Path of Daggers

  • Two J.P. Morgan executives in CEO James Dimon's inner circle, Todd Maclin and Heidi Miller, are expected to step down from their posts soon.

    What's News: Business & Finance

  • None of these prime actors fought to hold on to power the way their successors did in France, in Russia, in China, or in most of the other tumults that marked the Age of Revolution; each of them—save for Jay, a born jurist—would step down from their positions of responsibility as soon as they felt they were able.

    Robert Morris

  • AvalonBay Communities' Bryce Blair said he will step down as chief executive of the apartment-building operator at year-end.

    What's News: Business & Finance

  • You had to step down a half-flight of metal stairs to reach the unmarked door; all that was visible from the street was the top of a wide window filled with red velvet curtains.

    Miss Misery

  • Bryce Blair , the chairman and chief executive of apartment-building operator AvalonBay Communities Inc., said he will step down as chief executive at year-end.

    AvalonBay Lays Plan as CEO Resigns

  • I step down into the sunken sitting space and sit in a contemporary-style chair.

    Joy & Pain

  • JPMorgan Chase lost 2.5% after the Wall Street Journal reported that commercial banking head Todd Maclin and the head of international operations Heidi Miller are expected to step down from their jobs.

    Street Extends Losing Streak

  • Another possibility is that the consuls made a deal to step down voluntarily in exchange for support from Crassus for their campaign to be chosen censorsin other words, they agreed to be kicked upstairs.

    The Spartacus War

  • When Lloyd George proposed as a solution that the Liberal Cabinet that had governed Great Britain since 1906 step down in favor of a new coalition government, which would include the Conservatives, the prime minister surrendered immediately.

    Castles of Steel


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