lockstep

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Etymology[edit]

From lock + step.

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lockstep (usually uncountable, plural locksteps)

  1. (military) A step whereby the toe of one man is brought very close to the heel of the man in front.
  2. (figuratively) Close connection, unison, rigid synchronization.
    • 2007, Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, Penguin 2008, p. xv:
      The CIA's analysts learned to march in lockstep, conforming to conventional wisdom.
  3. An inflexible, rigid or stifling pattern.