step on it

idiomatic phrase

: to increase one's speed : hurry up
You'd better step on it or we'll be late.
especially : to accelerate an automobile
The one in the back seat asked me what made me so sure I was having a heart attack. Very polite, I said I had had one before and knew what it was like. My wife, less polite, told them to step on it. Marvin Barrett

Examples of step on it in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Typically breakage is the result of the rod falling over at home or on a boat and someone steps on it. Ric Burnley, Field & Stream, 25 Oct. 2023 She’d get stuck, find a small opening, go right up next to the freeway wall and step on it. Tom Hallman, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Will Burrard-Lucas throws his camera robot into the path of elephants, which manage not to step on it. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan. 2023 If there’s a flower, don’t step on it; stay on the trails. Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2023 The tearful singer then picks the bloodied organ off the ground and attempts to protect it from people who knock it out of her hands and step on it. Vulture, 20 Oct. 2022 Contestants, don’t step on it. Andy Meek, BGR, 1 Oct. 2022 But an important step on it was the first eukaryotic cell. The Economist, 17 Mar. 2021 For the most part, the zoo animals were game, though Chusyd lost one device after an elephant used its trunk to rip it off and step on it. Sara Harrison, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of step on it was circa 1926

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“Step on it.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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