to step up

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - step up

"to step up"

to increase something especially in stages


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - step up

"to step up"

to physically come forward


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - step up

"to step up"

to accept more responsibility especially at a critical time;

to improve your performance


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - step up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We need to increase output by one hundred percent over the next year. How are we going to do that?

Colleague 2:  I think we need to think about increasing in stages, say twenty-five percent per quarter.

Colleague 1:  That sounds like a good start.  That way we can have the factory managers ready to step up production every three months.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - step up

A teacher is teaching ...

Teacher:  Today we are practicing geometry. When I call your name please come to the whiteboard and we will work through a problem together.

Student (to a fellow student):  I hope we run out of time before it's my turn to step up to the board. I am just too shy to do problems in front of the class.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - step up

There is a meeting going on ...

Boss:  We have just been presented with the opportunity to explore marketing a new product line. I need a volunteer to do some of the initial exploratory work.

Employee:  I'll do it.

Boss:  Excellent. Thanks for stepping up. We'll meet later to discuss the details.

to step up - Usage:


to step up - Gerund Form:

Stepping up production means making more.

Stepping up to the podium, he was very nervous.

Stepping up at work means you will get noticed.

to step up - Examples:

1)  If you want more functionality and a color screen, you'll need to step up to a tablet.

2)  Derogatory ethnic slurs were tossed around in public as though they were challenging anyone to step up and say something.

3)  Signs that China may step up efforts to shift the economy toward services and greater consumption include a plan for ...

4)  The U.S. military needs to step up efforts to recruit and retain the scientists and engineers who have provided it with ...

5)  I totally agree that the parents need to step up and help teach their kids some character values. 

6)  Bank of America spokesman Lawrence Grayson said the bank "has stepped up and acted responsibly to resolve legacy mortgage matters."

7)  Aaron, once again stepped up, volunteering to DJ the reception as his drag persona, Millie Shayntwrite.

8)  He stepped up calls for Mexico's Congress to approve stalled initiatives to remake state and local ...

9)  Today efforts are being stepped up to ensure that polio is eradicated by the year 2000.

10)  Officials stepped up efforts to prevent insurgents from intercepting video feeds after the July incident.

11)  To help scientists get the necessary skills, ACS and other groups are stepping up with training courses and other resources. 

12)  Summit has brought this on by stepping up promotion to an excessive level.

13)  Stepping up to the young Queen's bed, she began to try her magic arts ...

14)  Stepping up when no one else is will is a great way to get noticed.

15)  Stepping up on the debate stage Mitt Romney asserted himself at the DU debate, ...

16)  The stock market is going to inflate IF the Fed steps up its monetization beyond supporting the banking system by subsidizing its mis-priced assets.

17)  He steps up, closer to the counter, and explains the line.

18)  Just over on the South Lawn, George W. Bush steps up to the microphone.

19)  Are you the one who always steps up to organize the office charity event?

20)  Our son steps up and says to the assembled group of about 200, ...