baby step


Definition of baby step 

: a very small step or advance in progress These companies can create products that take a real leap forward, rather than the traditional baby steps that larger companies with greater commitments must make.Home Theater

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baby-step \ ˈbā-​bē-​ˌstep \ verb, transitive + intransitive baby-stepped; baby-stepping
… after the 2-1 victory that baby-stepped the sixth-place Rangers within four points of the first-place Devils … — Larry Brooks "This is murder," John Chaney had said in that ever-raspy voice as he baby-stepped toward the court Thursday night. "My feet are killing me." — Tom Archdeacon

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The question, of course, is whether baby steps is an acceptable approach for a franchise that exists to contend for titles. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Has NBA common sense arrived too late for Heat?," 3 June 2018 Many teams in this situation would shorten their goals and prescribe baby steps. Bill Livingston,, "Tyronn Lue's leave of absence makes Cavaliers' title climb steeper: Bill Livingston (photos)," 19 Apr. 2017 But the United States is not so enthused about Seoul's baby steps toward rapprochement. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The icy geopolitics of the Winter Olympics," 9 Feb. 2018 Yet the Europeans have so far taken only baby steps to develop their own defence efforts. The Economist, "Will Donald Trump be Triumphant, Tetchy or Torpedo?," 5 July 2018 Perhaps the baby steps of progress can lead to his being back in the lineup soon. Kevin Acee,, "Wil Myers better, so is Austin Hedges; A.J. Ellis shows wisdom," 4 Apr. 2018 Team officials are willing to accept slow but steady baby steps. Josh Robbins,, "Jonathan Isaac, Mo Bamba gave Magic hope at summer league," 14 July 2018 For Serena Williams, this year has been about baby steps — her own, and those of her 10-month-old daughter. Sam Farmer,, "Serena Williams advances to her 10th Wimbledon final with victory over Julia Goerges," 12 July 2018 Businesses have long tried to alleviate the anxiety of waiting, going back to those serpentine bank lines that allow people to see their baby steps on their way to the teller. Allan Ripp, WSJ, "A Minute Feels Like 60 Billion Nanoseconds," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of baby step

1825, in the meaning defined above

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