To figuratively, but not literally, move away from something so as to gain a new, extraordinary insight into it, because being too close to it has clouded the ability to accurately understand or describe it.
High-level thinker girl: We need to take a step back from this for a second, and try to really understand it. I mean REALLY understand it.
Right now, I don't think any of us in this room really gets the true importance of leveraging drinking from the water hose, and applying our skillsets to maximizing the ROI-driven gains on the burning babies dilemma, and that is very concerning to me, personally.
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