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1. A way of marching in which the marchers follow each other as closely as possible.
2. A standardized procedure that is closely, often mindlessly followed.


1. (Military) a method of marching in step such that the men follow one another as closely as possible
2. chiefly US and 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



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.
3. rigidly inflexible.
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Noun1.lockstep - a standard procedure that is followed mindlessly; "the union's support had been in lockstep for years"
standard operating procedure, standard procedure, standing operating procedure, SOP - a prescribed procedure to be followed routinely; "rote memorization has been the educator's standard operating procedure for centuries"
2.lockstep - a manner of marching in file in which each person's leg moves with and behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead; "the prisoner's ankles were so chained together that they could only march in lockstep"
marching, march - the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind); "it was a long march"; "we heard the sound of marching"