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Steps that may be taken? (6)


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'steps' is the definition.
(ladder is a kind of steps)

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(Other definitions for ladder that I've seen before include "Household climbing device or hole in stocking" , "Climbing aid" , "Household climbing device or tear in stocking" , "1 [UNLUCKY FOR SOME]" , "A fire-fighter may use one" .)

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