Definition of goose step in US English:

goose step


  • A military marching step in which the legs are not bent at the knee.

    • ‘‘Our house was a mile up the road from the Village and we could hear the Nazis marching in goose-step on the cobblestones,’ recalls Linn.’
    • ‘If you want to learn how the traditional Prussian goose-step works you have to watch British television, because in Germany in the younger generation - even in my generation - nobody knows how to perform it.’
    • ‘Soon the guard - about half a dozen soldiers and NCOs in all - marched out with an extremely rapid step and exaggerated movements; they came to a halt with a massive goose-step.’


  • no object, with adverbial March with a goose step.

    ‘soldiers goose-stepped outside’
    • ‘About a hundred goose-stepping soldiers lead the way, and through bouts of equatorial heat and showers, delegations from seemingly every town and organization in the nation march by with banners saluting the president and ruling party.’
    • ‘The footwear is far from uniform, and it is entertaining to see a couple of 15 year old girls trying to goose-step in platform boots.’
    • ‘As you can see, Alex is pleased enough to be moved to goose-step around her crib.’
    • ‘Compton, jacked up on beer and adrenaline, goose-stepped around the parking lot yelling, ‘White power!’’
    • ‘And with that, they saluted and goose-stepped out of the room.’
    • ‘In the late 1980s, a chief justice ‘took his trousers off, balanced a shoe on his head and goose-stepped around the high-court car park chanting pro-government slogans.’’
    • ‘On depositing me at my door, he saluted with what sounded like a New Zealand rugby team war-cry, turned about-face and goose-stepped back to his booth.’
    • ‘One by one, red-coated soldiers goose-stepped in.’


goose step

/ˈɡo͞os ˌstep/