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
Recent Examples on the Web This quarter, which starts on Thursday, is expected to see the frenzied trend continue in lockstep with a flurry of industry conferences and events, all of which are currently slated to take place virtually. Stat Staff, STAT, "The health tech tracker for the second quarter: 15 pivotal industry events to watch," 3 Apr. 2021 Avery Bradley and Moe Harkless arrived to Miami Heat camp amid a whirlwind, with their new teammates already in lockstep after a trip to the NBA Finals two months earlier, and with a playbook committed to memory by the 13 returning players. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Avery Bradley, Moe Harkless playing from behind with Heat about to play for keeps," 22 Dec. 2020 The company’s first press release on Monday came out in lockstep with an endorsement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which issued a press release repeating AstraZeneca’s 79% efficacy claim. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "AstraZeneca lowers efficacy claim for COVID-19 vaccine, a bit, after board's rebuke," 25 Mar. 2021 The win keeps the Gators in lockstep with Marriotts Ridge as the two lone undefeated girls soccer teams in Howard County. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Jonah Stoutenborough’s late goals push River Hill boys past Marriotts Ridge | Howard County soccer roundup," 23 Mar. 2021 House leaders said their budget Tuesday was in lockstep with Walz's in many areas. Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune, "Minnesota House Democrats present $52.5 billion budget plan," 23 Mar. 2021 In the meantime, the Ducks will try to get back into lockstep with the Kings again, this time on the road back to the playoffs. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Ducks GM Bob Murray still has total confidence in coach Dallas Eakins," 8 Mar. 2021 There is one indicator that has risen in near lockstep with the mammoth rise in financial transaction volume: executive pay and profits in big banks and financial institutions. Josh Bivens For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "A tax on financial transactions could rein in Wall Street's greed," 5 Mar. 2021 And in lockstep beside him has been his longtime manager, AG Artists founder Andrew Gertler, who earns the title of Billboard’s Executive of the Week. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Executive of the Week: AG Artists Founder Andrew Gertler," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Lockstep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockstep. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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