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[lok-step] /ˈlɒkˌstɛp/

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.
a rigidly inflexible pattern or process.
rigidly inflexible:
a lockstep educational curriculum.
a method of marching in step such that the men follow one another as closely as possible
(mainly US & Canadian) a standard procedure that is closely, often mindlessly, followed
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


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