noun, often attributive
lock·​step | \ ˈläk-ˌstep How to pronounce lockstep (audio) \

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

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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

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The high priests of culture — in media and entertainment — are in lockstep with her. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker cheered as he signs abortion bill, but what is the cost?," 13 June 2019 Trump found himself in lockstep with many other members of his generation, who chose to cultivate in the clean and curated fields of social media a space where their grievances of choice could grow. David Roth, The New Republic, "Making sense of Donald Trump's petulant reign," 12 June 2019 After years of failing to live up to their name, petrocurrencies are once again moving in lockstep with oil. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Petrocurrencies Fall Back in Love with Oil," 10 Apr. 2019 But pro-Brexit British lawmakers fear the backstop could trap the U.K. in regulatory lockstep with the EU, unable to strike new trade deals around the world. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit," 12 Feb. 2019 Those readers should know that the creators of this year’s list were rarely in lockstep themselves on which players belonged where as the rankings were taking shape. Chris Johnson And Eric Single, SI.com, "Inside SI's Top 100 Players of 2018: Settling Debates and Predicting Our Biggest Misses," 25 June 2018 The president and Paul Ryan were pretty much lockstep. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham announces new segment 'Defending the First'," 14 Apr. 2018 Over the past decade, equity markets across the world have increasingly moved in lockstep with Chinese stocks and Chinese economic data, as China has become more important to a growing number of countries. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Investors’ Best Option: Keep Faith in U.S. Stocks," 21 Jan. 2019 Mexico’s once-lockstep politics dominated by the presidency ended long ago. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Here’s what you need to know about Mexico’s presidential election," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of lockstep

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lockstep was in 1787

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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