noun, often attributive
lock·step | \ˈläk-ˌstep \

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 in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

And now Neil Gorsuch, chosen by the Federalist Society as well, has gone to the bench, is voting in lockstep on the Republican conservative side. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 Despite their key role in delivering the party’s endorsement to Ned Lamont for governor, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and the state Senate’s top Democrat Martin Looney aren’t in lockstep with him on the lieutenant governor’s race. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Toni Harp And Martin Looney Not On The Same Page As Ned Lamont on LG race," 30 May 2018 To Perra, that’s about the idea that not everyone needs to be in lockstep on policies and strategies. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "The royal wedding made Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry a superstar. Can the religious left translate that into political change?," 25 May 2018 Public drug use, increased risk of violence and, yes, human waste on the streets in this one party, lockstep town. Fox News, "President Trump puts NATO on notice," 12 July 2018 The opposite sides proceed in lockstep until nature intervenes: A tiger from the DMZ (accompanied by some mystical humanoid figures and an ominous mist) maims a solider on either side. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 Bitcoin’s decline has also been followed in near-lockstep by the hundreds derivative cryptocurrencies and blockchain tokens, including Ethereum and Litecoin. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Bitcoin Hits New 2018 Low Amid Shaken Investor Confidence," 24 June 2018 At Coachella, Beyoncé’s staged her starkest and most joyful subversion of lockstep choreo yet. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé Masters the Fierceness of Crowds," 16 Apr. 2018 South Korea will try to stay in lockstep with the United States if the diplomacy hits a rough patch. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Fate of inter-Korean detente hangs on nuclear talks," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of lockstep

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lockstep

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

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