step backward/forward

Definition of step backward/forward

:an action that will be harmful/helpful
  • The court's decision is a step backward/forward for the reform movement.

Word by Word Definitions

step play
  1. : a rest for the foot in ascending or descending: such as

  2. : one of a series of structures consisting of a riser and a tread

  3. : a ladder rung

  1. : to move by raising the foot and bringing it down elsewhere or by moving each foot in succession

  2. : dance

  3. : to go on foot : walk

  1. : related by virtue of a remarriage (as of a parent) and not by blood

backward play
  1. : toward the back or rear

  2. : with the back foremost

  3. : in a reverse or contrary direction or way

  1. : directed or turned toward the back

  2. : done or executed backward

  3. : diffident, shy

  1. : the part behind or past

forward play
  1. : near, being at, or belonging to the forepart

  2. : situated in advance

  3. : strongly inclined : ready

  1. : to or toward what is ahead or in front

  1. : to help onward : promote

  2. : to send forward : transmit

  3. : to send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

  1. : a player who plays at the front the team's formation near the opponent's goal


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