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I/you/we/theystep up
he/she/itsteps up
present participlestepping up
past tensestepped up
past participlestepped up
  1. 1
    [transitive] to increase something

    The president has stepped up the pressure on the groups to come to an agreement.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to move forward to a place where an official event is happening

    She stepped up to receive her prize.

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rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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speak human

(of a politician) to be able to communicate and connect with ordinary people

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