Word Origin 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. follow in someone's footsteps, to succeed or imitate another person. Origin of footstep
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British Dictionary definitions for follow in someone's footsteps 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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Word Origin and History for follow in someone's footsteps n.
early 13c., "footprint," from
foot (n.) + step (n.). Meaning "a tread or fall of the foot" is first attested 1530s. Figurative expression to follow in (someone's) footsteps is from 1540s.
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Idioms and Phrases with follow in someone's footsteps follow in someone's footsteps
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]
see follow in someone's footsteps.
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