step back

a) To stop what one is doing and evaluate the current situation.

Perhaps we should step back for a second and think about solving this problem a different way.

b) To prevent oneself from becoming emotionally involved in a certain situation.

As a therapist sometimes you have to step back from your clients lives.

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