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footstep

[foo t-step]
noun
  1. the setting down of a foot, or the sound so produced; footfall; tread.
  2. the distance covered by a step in walking; pace.
  3. a footprint.
  4. a step by which to ascend or descend.
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Idioms
  1. follow in someone's footsteps, to succeed or imitate another person.
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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 someone's footsteps

footstep

noun
  1. the action of taking a step in walking
  2. the sound made by stepping or walking
  3. the distance covered with a step; pace
  4. a footmark
  5. a single stair; step
  6. to continue the tradition or example of another
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Word Origin and History for follow someone's footsteps

footstep

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 someone's footsteps

footstep

see follow in someone's footsteps.

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