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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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The penalty was State imprisonment, the stripes and the lockstep.
Huskys CEO Rob Peabody said, Acquiring the Superior Refinery will increase Huskys downstream crude processing capacity, keeping value-added processing in lockstep with our growing production.
Philippine stocks were up on Thursday, moving in lockstep with the rest of the region, which was buoyed by gains in Wall Street overnight.
Back in 2014 Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives, put a motion down in the Assembly opposing the then Welsh Secretary David Jones' view that income tax was devolved with a so-called lockstep mechanism.
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACTS 1963 - 2013 AND IN THE MATTER OF LOCKSTEP CONSTRUCTION LIMITED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 266 of the Companies Act 1963 that a meeting of the creditors of the above named company will be held at The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 on the 25th Day of May 2015 at 11 am for the purposes mentioned in Sections 267 and 268 of the Said Act.
REMOVING the so-called lockstep mechanism from the income tax provisions in the Government's devolution legislation would enable the National Assembly for Wales to set separate Welsh rates of income tax for each band, the Welsh Secretary has said.
I am committed to removing obstacles to them, which is why tomorrow I will be asking my colleagues [to agree] to amend the Wales Bill to remove the lockstep restriction.
Dual lockstep ARM Cortex-R4 based Hercules MCUs are intended for use in automotive, industrial and medical applications needing to adhere to industry safety standards such as ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.
Washington, Aug 22 ( ANI ): Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke has claimed that Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan are in lockstep with GOP lawmaker Todd Akin over his controversial comments about 'legitimate rape.
5-MB eFlash, to the lower-level well as 130MHz and 80MHz single core and single core lockstep devices with 1.
The move could put Labour on the spot by forcing Ed Miliband to be more explicit about his tax and spending plans if he wins power, but might also provoke tensions with Liberal Democrats who are wary of going into the election in an enforced lockstep with their coalition partners on fiscal policy.