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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
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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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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