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follow in (one's) footsteps

To pursue something that someone else (often a family member) has already done. My father was an engineer, and I plan to follow in his footsteps and study engineering in college. I am following in my sister's footsteps and joining her old sorority.
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follow in the footsteps of

To pursue something that someone else (often a family member) has already done. I plan to follow in the footsteps of my father and study engineering in college. We are following in the footsteps of all the members of the sorority that came before us!
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follow in someone's tracks

 and follow in someone's footsteps
to follow someone's example; to assume someone else's role or occupation. The vice president was following in the president's footsteps when he called for budget cuts. She followed in her father's footsteps and went into medicine.
See also: follow, track

follow in somebody's/something's footsteps

also follow in the footsteps of somebody/something
to do something that was done before My mother told us never to follow in her footsteps, that we should always try to do better. The company is following in the footsteps of other great research organizations.
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follow in somebody's footsteps

to do the same job or the same things in your life as someone else, especially a member of your family He followed in his father's footsteps and went into the army.
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follow in someone's footsteps

Also, 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]
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follow in (someone's) footsteps

To carry on the behavior, work, or tradition of.
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References in classic literature ?
go on rejoicing, for his tottering footsteps shall impede thine own no more.
I quickened my footsteps almost into a run, and immediately there was a stumble in my rear.
The young lady still further ahead heard their footsteps and turned.
Tess soon went onward into the village, her footsteps echoing against the houses as though it were a place of the dead.
Granet listened to the sound of his retreating footsteps with a frown upon his forehead.
In the intervals I heard him tramping all over the house, his footsteps distinctly audible in the pauses of the storm.
At the same moment the footsteps stopped outside her door.
Yes, on the carpet were traces of footsteps stained with mud leading to the chamber of Mademoiselle Stangerson.
The murderer was still in the chateau, for here were marks as of returning footsteps.
He told me that he had got up because he had heard the cry of the Bete du bon Dieu, and because he had heard footsteps in the park, close to his window, out of which he had looked and, just then, had seen a black shadow pass by.
Then we heard startled voices on deck crying in the rain, hurried footsteps overhead, and suddenly Karain appeared in the doorway of the cabin.
He ran by my side without footsteps, whispering, whispering old words--whispering into my ear in his old voice.
One, which advanced with a swift and rapid step, was that of a woman who looked eagerly about her as though in quest of some expected object; the other figure was that of a man, who slunk along in the deepest shadow he could find, and, at some distance, accommodated his pace to hers: stopping when she stopped: and as she moved again, creeping stealthily on: but never allowing himself, in the ardour of his pursuit, to gain upon her footsteps.
He was on the point of emerging from his hiding-place, and regaining the road above, when he heard the sound of footsteps, and directly afterwards of voices almost close at his ear.
The sound of retreating footsteps were audible and the voices ceased.