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    step in

    Dear teacher,

    Would you help me to make the proper choice of a interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Spanish airspace was reopened on Sunday after the military stepped in and forced the controllers to return to work - with the threat of jail if they refused the order.

    step in = intrude or
    step in = to help somebody in a disagreement or difficult situation

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: step in

    Neither. Simply moved in, literally.

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