\ˈgüs-ˌstep \
goose-stepped; goose-stepping; goose-steps

Definition of goose-step 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to march in a goose step

2 : to practice an unthinking conformity

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Definition of goose step (Entry 2 of 2)

: a straight-legged stiff-kneed step used by troops of some armies when passing in review

Examples of goose-step in a Sentence

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Highly motivated to learn and make an impact in his field, Nathan has lost the drive to keep goose stepping to the graduation finish line. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 The absence of interludes that interrupt the behavioral goose stepping that passes for productivity can also threaten our physical well-being. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Turn interruptions into respites, not outrage," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of goose-step


1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1806, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goose step

: a way of marching by kicking your legs forward very high and not bending your knees

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