Definition of lockstep in US English:



North American
  • 1A way of marching with each person as close as possible to the one in front.

    ‘the trio marched in lockstep’
    as adverb ‘hundreds of shaven-headed youths march lockstep into the stadium’
    • ‘They dance and walk sideways in lockstep and do all the things they've been trained to do.’
    • ‘Narcissism and materialism were both drawn in sharp contrast to nihilism, but in the end the important thing was not to march in lockstep to the beat of any drummer.’
    • ‘Imagine the effect it would have on the crowd - all those handsome young heroes, marching in perfect lockstep, showing their loyalty to their commander in chief.’
    1. 1.1 Close adherence to and emulation of another's actions.
      ‘they raised prices in lockstep with those of foreign competitors’
      as modifier ‘the party touted a lockstep unity’
      • ‘Among them was whether a judge votes in lockstep with other judges nominated by the same political party.’
      • ‘TV commentators and print journalists alike have, with rare exceptions, fallen into lockstep behind the administration's campaign of lies.’
      • ‘The TV stations are giving the images of huge crowds full value; while even newspapers in lockstep with the government are finding it hard to maintain their position; although The Australian battles on gamely.’
      • ‘Advertising markets in Asia were growing weaker in lockstep with the slowing U.S. economy.’
      • ‘And that in itself will persuade the allies to fall into lockstep.’
      • ‘Now it is possible to concentrate income quickly through the globalized financial system which grows in lockstep with the increasing concentration of income upward.’
      • ‘The pace of growth between 1901 and 1911 had been so rapid, and there were so few clouds on the horizon, that most people saw the future unfolding in lockstep with the previous decade.’
      • ‘With the Democratic Party voting in lockstep with the Republicans, the Senate approved the measure 96 to 0, and the House of Representatives passed it by a vote of 410 to 12.’
      • ‘It may have been cheeky to argue for lockstep loyalty to a rightwing Republican administration by invoking the great anti-fascist struggles of the last century, but it worked.’
      • ‘You can't take a linear, lockstep pace in this situation.’
      • ‘Or students can enrol in the lockstep program where they take no more than six credit hours per semester and complete the program in five semesters.’
      • ‘I think there are risks for us in being too much in lockstep with the United States, and I think in this period that that is something we should think very carefully about and review carefully.’
      • ‘In lockstep with mistaken corporate practice, some of the current higher education policy wonks argue that tenure needs to be adjusted to make faculty less hard on the leadership of their CEOs.’
      • ‘In lockstep with the two parties in Washington, the state administration places the blame for the crisis in the schools on the teachers and staff members who struggle every day against deteriorating conditions.’
      • ‘One-size-fits-all standardized tests are driving curricula, and top-down reforms are mandating lockstep procedures for classroom instructors.’
      • ‘By crushing the traditions of the Senate he would pack the courts, especially the supreme court, with lockstep ideologues.’
      • ‘In most professions, the best workers usually get the top pay - a situation that once held in teaching, before the unions arrived on the scene and began to mandate lockstep salaries.’
      • ‘Certainly we can socialize with people without being in philosophical lockstep with them, as long as you both are open to developing either a mutally respectful or a hilariously meanspirited dialogue about your differences.’
      • ‘She asks us to try to think with the Tradition, using it as a light for reflection, not a slide rule for infallible moral calculus that must always produce monolithic lockstep agreement.’
      • ‘You know, I don't have to get in lockstep with a party, and I don't have to hire party cronies.’