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.

1800–10 Unabridged


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


goose-stepper, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
goose step
1.  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
2.  an abnormal gait in animals
vb , -steps, -stepping, -stepped
3.  (intr) to march in goose step

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Cultural Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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