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noun

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.

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Origin of goose step

First recorded in 1800–10

Definition for goose step (2 of 2)

goose-step
[ goos-step ]
/ ˈgusˌstɛp /

verb (used without object), goose-stepped, goose-step·ping.

to march in a goose step: Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.

Origin of goose-step

First recorded in 1875–80

OTHER WORDS FROM goose-step

goose-stepper, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for goose step

goose step

noun

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

verb goose-step -steps, -stepping or -stepped

(intr) to march in goose step
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for goose step

goose step

A straight-legged style of military marching used by the armies of several nations, but associated particularly with the army of Germany under the Nazis.

notes for goose step

The term is sometimes used to suggest the unthinking loyalty of followers or soldiers: “Brown has a goose-step mentality.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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