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Noun: step-in  step in
  1. Short underpants for women or children (usually used in the plural)
    - pantie, panty, scanty
Verb: step in
  1. Get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
    "Why did the U.S. not step in earlier in WW II?";
    - intervene, interfere, interpose
  2. Act or speak as a replacement (for someone or something)
    - substitute, deputize, deputise [Brit], sub

Derived forms: stepped in, stepping in, step-ins, steps in

Type of: chuddies [UK, dialect], interact, pants [Brit], replace, supercede [non-standard], supersede, supervene upon, supplant, underdacks [Austral], underdaks [Austral], underpants, undershorts [N. Amer]