One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in marching) alter one's step so that the opposite leg marks time.
- ‘A long-standing critic of the festival, The Gazette had itself astonished readers three years earlier by changing step.’
- ‘He did homage to Lady Jane Grey in 1553, but changed step nimbly and retained Mary's favour.’
- ‘As Windows 2000 reaches crunch point the highways and byways of the Web are positively ringing to the crunch of beta-watchers changing step.’
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