footstep

[ foo t-step ]
/ ˈfʊtˌstɛp /
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noun

the setting down of a foot, or the sound so produced; footfall; tread.
the distance covered by a step in walking; pace.
a footprint.
a step by which to ascend or descend.

Idioms

    follow in someone's footsteps, to succeed or imitate another person.

Origin of footstep

First recorded in 1175–1225, footstep is from the Middle English word foote steppe. See foot, step
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British Dictionary definitions for follow in someone's footsteps

footstep

/ (ˈfʊtˌstɛp) /

noun

the action of taking a step in walking
the sound made by stepping or walking
the distance covered with a step; pace
a footmark
a single stair; step
to continue the tradition or example of another

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Idioms and Phrases with follow in someone's footsteps (1 of 2)

follow in someone's footsteps

Also, follow in someone's tracks. Follow someone's example or guidance. For example, Dean hoped his son would follow in his footsteps and become an economist, or Jane tried to follow in her mentor's tracks. [Mid-1500s]


Idioms and Phrases with follow in someone's footsteps (2 of 2)

footstep

see follow in someone's footsteps.


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