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goose step

a marching step of some infantries in which the legs are swung high and kept straight and stiff.
a military exercise in which the body is balanced on one foot, without advancing, while the other foot is swung forward and back.


[goos-step] /ˈgusˌstɛp/
verb (used without object), goose-stepped, goose-stepping.
to march in a goose step:
Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.
Related forms
goose-stepper, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for goose-step
  • When a bunch of dimwit, snowmobiling punks discover a box full of said auric treasures, out goose-step the dead brownshirts.
  • They walk in a stilted manner that has been likened to the goose-step of parading soldiers.
  • Some carry banners, others wear helmets, still others do the goose-step.
British Dictionary definitions for goose-step

goose step

a military march step in which the leg is swung rigidly to an exaggerated height, esp as in the German army in the Third Reich
an abnormal gait in animals
verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
(intransitive) to march in goose step
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Word Origin and History for goose-step

goose step


1806, originally was a military drill to teach balance; "to stand on each leg alternately and swing the other back and forth" (which, presumably, reminded someone of a goose's way of walking); in reference to "marching without bending the knees" (as in Nazi military reviews) it apparently is first recorded 1916. As a verb by 1854.

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goose-step in Culture

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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