lock-steps

lockstep

[lok-step]
noun
1.
a way of marching in very close file, in which the leg of each person moves with and closely behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead.
2.
a rigidly inflexible pattern or process.
adjective
3.
rigidly inflexible: a lockstep educational curriculum.

Origin:
1795–1805; lock1 + step

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lockstep (ˈlɒkˌstɛp)
 
n
1.  a method of marching in step such that the men follow one another as closely as possible
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a standard procedure that is closely, often mindlessly, followed
3.  in lockstep with progressing at exactly the same speed and in the same direction as other people or things, esp as a matter of course rather than by choice

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