lockstep
noun Usage: often attributive Date: circa 1802 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

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  • lockstep — lock‧step [ˈlɒkstep ǁ ˈlɑːk ] noun in lockstep (with something) if two amounts, levels etc rise and fall in lockstep with each other, they rise and fall at the same time: • Because most managers are unwilling to make distinctions among their… …   Financial and business terms

  • lockstep — Where partners pay increases in accordance with their tenure as a partner Related links partnership Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. www.practicallaw.com. 2010 …   Law dictionary

  • Lockstep — [ Auburn Prison, c.1910 ] Lockstep marching or simply lockstep refers to marching, in the USA, in a very close single file in such a way that the leg of each person in the file moves in the same way and at the same time as the corresponding leg… …   Wikipedia

  • lockstep — noun 1. a standard procedure that is followed mindlessly the union s support had been in lockstep for years • Hypernyms: ↑standing operating procedure, ↑standard operating procedure, ↑SOP, ↑standard procedure 2. a manner of marching in file in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lockstep — /lok step /, n. 1. 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. 2. a rigidly inflexible pattern or process. adj. 3. rigidly inflexible: a lockstep… …   Universalium

  • lockstep — noun /ˈlɒkstɛp/ a) A step whereby the toe of one man is brought very close to the heel of the man in front. The CIAs analysts learned to march in lockstep, conforming to conventional wisdom. b) Close connection, unison, rigid synchronization …   Wiktionary

  • lockstep — lock|step [ˈlɔkstep US ˈla:k ] n in lockstep AmE in exactly the same way or at the same rate …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lockstep — lock|step [ lak,step ] noun uncount AMERICAN a situation in which someone has exactly the same ideas or opinions that someone else has, often without questioning those opinions or ideas at all: What is disturbing is this sort of lockstep… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lockstep — noun in lockstep especially AmE following rules and accepted ideas without thinking …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lockstep — n. marching style in which soldiers are very close to one another so that each soldier s steps correspond exactly to the those of the soldier preceding him; any rigid or inflexible procedure adj. rigid, inflexible, not open to change …   English contemporary dictionary

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