lockstep [lok-step] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a way of marching in very close file, in which the leg of each person moves with and closely behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead. a rigidly inflexible pattern or process. adjective rigidly inflexible: a lockstep educational curriculum.
Origin of lockstep First recorded in 1795–1805;+ Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for lockstep Contemporary Examples of lockstep
Yet they cannot reasonably believe that the rest of America will march in lockstep with them.
May 12, 2014
And demand (and sales) tends to rise in lockstep with the economy.
April 24, 2014
When a community is in the grips of a siege mentality, that sort of lockstep friendship may seem appealing.
December 4, 2013
What we were again thinking was here again are two characters who have for the most part been in lockstep for two years.
September 30, 2013
And as waves, they will produce characteristic interference patterns caused by waves arriving out of step or in lockstep.
February 8, 2013
Historical Examples of lockstep
It is a rare child who is able to break this lockstep by extra promotions.
Lewis Madison Terman
Breakfast is over; the lines form in lockstep, and march to the shops.
If Julius Caysar was alive to-day he’d be doin’ a lockstep down in Joliet.
Often enough it is the choice of the gun on the shoulder, or, by and by, the stripes on the back in the lockstep gang.
Jacob A. Riis.
I’ve thought iv thim whin th’ lockstep was goin’ in to dinner, an’ prayed f’r th’ day whin I might see ye again.
Finley Peter Dunne
British Dictionary definitions for lockstep lockstep noun a method of marching in step such that the men follow one another as closely as possible mainly US and Canadian a standard procedure that is closely, often mindlessly, followed in lockstep with progressing at exactly the same speed and in the same direction as other people or things, esp as a matter of course rather than by choice Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012