goose stepping

goose-step

[goos-step]
verb (used without object), goose-stepped, goose-stepping.
to march in a goose step: Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.

Origin:
1875–80

goose-stepper, noun
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goose step definition


A straight-legged style of military marching used by the armies of several nations, but associated particularly with the army of Germany under the Nazis.

Note: The term is sometimes used to suggest the unthinking loyalty of followers or soldiers: “Brown has a goose-step mentality.”
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