Definition of Lockstep

1. Noun. A standard procedure that is followed mindlessly. "The union's support had been in lockstep for years"




2. Noun. A manner of marching in file in which each person's leg moves with and behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead. "The prisoner's ankles were so chained together that they could only march in lockstep"
Generic synonyms: March, Marching

Definition of Lockstep

1. Noun. (military) A step whereby the toe of one man is brought very close to the heel of the man in front. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) Close connection, unison, rigid synchronization. ¹

3. Noun. An inflexible, rigid or stifling pattern. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lockstep

1. a mode of marching in close file [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lockstep

locks
locks out
locks up
lockset
locksets
lockside
locksides
locksman
locksmen
locksmith
locksmithery
locksmithing
locksmithings
locksmiths
locksmithy
lockstep (current term)
locksteps
lockstitch
lockstitched
lockstitches
lockstitching
lockt
lockup
lockups
locky
loco
loco citato
loco disease
locobase
locoed

Literary usage of Lockstep

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1. Medical Inspection of Schools by Luther Halsey Gulick, Leonard Porter Ayres (1909)
"The "lockstep" has been the rule in physical matters, as in the realm of the course of study. All the children have been received on an equality and have ..."

2. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1877)
"One of the reasons why it has gotten to be a "lockstep," and I don't have to remind you of this, is the fact that we are trying to take care of an ever ..."

3. Proceedings of the ... Annual Congress of Correction of the American by American Correctional Association (1903)
"A church into which the men and women shall go, properly separated, not with the lockstep, for the lockstep is an anachronism, nor with shaven heads, ..."

4. Criminology by Maurice Parmelee (1918)
"Shackles, the lockstep, a distinctive prison uniform such as stripes, ... Some of these disciplinary measures, such as the lockstep, hamper the ex-convict ..."

5. Penal Servitude by National Committee on Prisons, Ernest Stagg Whitin (1912)
"The convicts are dressed in stripes and are marched to and fro in lockstep. The advantage of the prison stripes and the prison manner of walking has been ..."

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