Definition of footstep noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfʊtstep//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʊtstep//
[usually plural]
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  • the sound or mark made each time your foot touches the ground when you are walking or running the sound of footsteps on the stairs footsteps in the snow
  • Extra examples He heard the sound of heavy, dragging footsteps in the corridor. Her footsteps died away as she walked down the path. Hurried footsteps sounded on the stairs. I am retracing the footsteps of the lost expedition. She listened for her mother’s footsteps. The footsteps came closer as she listened. The footsteps halted in the doorway. The footsteps passed on, receding down the corridor. At his back he could hear approaching footsteps. I could hear her footsteps echoing in the hall. The footsteps gradually faded away. The footsteps stopped, and I could hear nothing at all. There was no other sound but the tramp of heavy footsteps. There was the sound of a phone being slammed down followed by receding footsteps.Idioms
    follow in somebody’s footsteps
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    to do the same job, have the same style of life, etc. as somebody else, especially somebody in your family She works in television, following in her father's footsteps.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: footstep