ATC jargon
ATC used "on the step" yesterday -- does this just mean "afterwards" ?
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Unless this involved a seaplane performing a takeoff, "on the step" has no FAA meaning and is not part of the Pilot/Controller Glossary, so one has no way of knowing what that controller meant.  This is an example of why pilots and controllers should stick with the phraseology in the appropriate FAA guidance and leave the slang/jargon for CB radios.