lockstep


lock·step

noun, often attributive \ˈläk-ˌstep\

: a way of marching in which people follow each other very closely

Full Definition of LOCKSTEP

1
:  a mode of marching in step by a body of persons going one after another as closely as possible
2
:  a standard method or procedure that is mindlessly adhered to or that minimizes individuality
in lockstep
:  in perfect or rigid often mindless conformity or unison <politicians marching in lockstep with the party line>

Examples of LOCKSTEP

  1. <followed the lockstep that had been in his family for generations: prep school, Ivy League university, job on Wall Street>

First Known Use of LOCKSTEP

circa 1802

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