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.
a rigidly inflexible pattern or process.
rigidly inflexible: a lockstep educational curriculum.

1795–1805; lock1 + step

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lockstep (ˈlɒkˌstɛp)
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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Example sentences
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.
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