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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Hong Kong's monetary policy moves in lockstep with the Fed's as the city's currency is pegged against the dollar. Laura He, CNN, "Asian markets mostly fall after Fed declines to signal more rate cuts," 1 Aug. 2019 The importance of the team’s defensive back-linebacker hybrid has moved in lockstep with the rise of the Ravens’ nickel and dime sub-packages. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Safety," 23 July 2019 As is the case with many Bay Area restaurants, finding and hiring kitchen staff had become harder over the last few years, a situation that seemed to unfold in lockstep with the restaurant’s uptick in sales. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Commonwealth to close on Aug. 26: ‘We were having one of our best years’," 17 July 2019 The quiet summer months are making matters worse, because liquidity in the stock market tends to decrease in lockstep with holidays. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Morgan Stanley has downgraded just about about everything," 9 July 2019 Virtually all of Detroit's major auto companies and their leaders moved in lockstep with him in resisting government fuel standards and in pooh-poohing the appeal of the small, fuel-efficient cars offered by the likes of Toyota, Nissan and Honda. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca wasn't perfect: 3 times the auto icon got it all wrong," 6 July 2019 Democrats voted in lockstep against both men and continue their character assassinations of Trump nominees, egged on by outside groups. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The ABA Strikes Back," 29 Nov. 2018 These are the Chicago-style tactics employed by RMGO and its cronies to punish Republicans who don’t march in lockstep with their agenda. Joshua Hosler, The Denver Post, "Joshua Hosler: As a former leader in Colorado’s GOP, I’m here to tell you Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is this state’s Taliban," 7 July 2019 American factory activity is now slowing in lockstep. Greg Ip, WSJ, "World Looms Large in Fed Rate Plans," 20 June 2019

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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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