Goose-step



[goos-step] /ˈgusˌstɛp/

verb (used without object), goose-stepped, goose-stepping.
1.
to march in a goose step:
Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.
noun
1.
a marching step of some infantries in which the legs are swung high and kept straight and stiff.
2.
a military exercise in which the body is balanced on one foot, without advancing, while the other foot is swung forward and back.
noun
1.
a military march step in which the leg is swung rigidly to an exaggerated height, esp as in the German army in the Third Reich
2.
an abnormal gait in animals
verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
3.
(intransitive) to march in goose step
n.

1806, originally was a military drill to teach balance; “to stand on each leg alternately and swing the other back and forth” (which, presumably, reminded someone of a goose’s way of walking); in reference to “marching without bending the knees” (as in Nazi military reviews) it apparently is first recorded 1916. As a verb by 1854.

A straight-legged style of military marching used by the armies of several nations, but associated particularly with the army of Germany under the Nazis.

Note: The term is sometimes used to suggest the unthinking loyalty of followers or soldiers: “Brown has a goose-step mentality.”

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