step back

step back(
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to move backwards)
a. retroceder
The tennis player stepped back to hit the ball.El tenista retrocedió para pegarle a la pelota.
b. dar un paso atrás
Carolina stepped back and looked at me as though she had no idea who I was.Carolina dio un paso atrás y me miró como si no tuviera idea de quién era yo.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to stop taking part)
a. distanciarse
Once I realized that my involvement presented a conflict of interest, I stepped back.Una vez que me di cuenta de que mi participación presentaba un conflicto de intereses, me distancié.
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step back
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (general)
to s back from a situationdar un paso atrás para considerar una situación objetivamente
step back
1 dar un paso hacia atrás; retroceder
step back, please he stepped back suddenly and bumped into Mary he stepped back without warning and trod on my toe
it's like stepping back in time es como viajar hacia atrás or retroceder en el tiempo
2 (detach o.s.) distanciarse un poco
you sometimes need to step back and think about what you are doing
I needed to step back from the situation necesitaba distanciarme un poco de la situación
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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