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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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  • First of all, freshmen follow a fairly lockstep process.
  • Military and civilian enhanced-vision technologies now move in lockstep, as they have in the computer field for years.
  • We have a staff of guys who are in lockstep in what it takes to be here.
  • Choose investment categories that do not move in lockstep with each other.
  • Gold and gold-mining shares used to rise and fall in lockstep.
  • The agencies move in near-lockstep, in fees and in the ratings they give.
  • Grain prices, particularly corn, has risen in lockstep with increases in oil prices as more corn is used to produce biofuels.
  • Energy and economic growth always grew in lockstep, went the conventional argument, and to think otherwise was dangerously naive.
  • But these general tendencies do not explain the lockstep correlation between parental income and student scores.
  • Regulators must also take into account credit conditions because money and credit do not move in lockstep.
British Dictionary definitions for lockstep

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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