follow in someones footsteps



1175–1225; Middle English foote steppe. See foot, step Unabridged
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footstep (ˈfʊtˌstɛp)
1.  the action of taking a step in walking
2.  the sound made by stepping or walking
3.  the distance covered with a step; pace
4.  a footmark
5.  a single stair; step
6.  to continue the tradition or example of another

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "footprint," from foot + step. Meaning "a tread or fall of the foot" is first attested 1530s.
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