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[goos-step] /ˈgusˌstɛp/

verb (used without object), goose-stepped, goose-stepping.
to march in a goose step:
Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.
a marching step of some infantries in which the legs are swung high and kept straight and stiff.
a military exercise in which the body is balanced on one foot, without advancing, while the other foot is swung forward and back.
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
an abnormal gait in animals
verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
(intransitive) to march in goose step

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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