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lockstep

[lok-step] /ˈlɒkˌstɛp/
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
1795-1805; lock1 + step
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British Dictionary definitions for lock-steps

lockstep

/ˈlɒkˌstɛp/
noun
1.
a method of marching in step such that the men follow one another as closely as possible
2.
(mainly 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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