- to march in a goose step: Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.
Origin of goose-step
- 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.
Origin of goose step
Examples from the Web for goose-step
Historical Examples of goose-step
When all the dances had ended, the dancers marched out with the goose-step.The Chinese Fairy Book
It was fun watching the new recruits learning the goose-step.
I laughed outright at one poor chap who was trying to goose-step.
He's a soldier, he is—not a raw recruit that don't know the goose-step.The Lost Prince
Frances Hodgson Burnett
We'll all have to goose-step as the Crown Prince orders or—be shot.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II
Burton J. Hendrick
- 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
- (intr) 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.