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footstep

[foo t-step] /ˈfʊtˌstɛp/
noun
1.
the setting down of a foot, or the sound so produced; footfall; tread.
2.
the distance covered by a step in walking; pace.
3.
a footprint.
4.
a step by which to ascend or descend.
Idioms
5.
follow in someone's footsteps, to succeed or imitate another person.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English foote steppe. See foot, step
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British Dictionary definitions for follow someone footsteps

footstep

/ˈfʊtˌstɛp/
noun
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 and History for follow someone footsteps

footstep

n.

early 13c., "footprint," from foot (n.) + step (n.). Meaning "a tread or fall of the foot" is first attested 1530s. Figurative expression to follow in (someone's) footsteps is from 1540s.

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