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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.
See also: follow, footstep

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!
See also: follow, footstep, of

dog (one's) footsteps

To appear to follow or accompany one wherever they go. It's a shame, but tragedy has been dogging her footsteps for years.
See also: dog, footstep

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 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

COMMON If you follow in someone's footsteps, you do the same thing that they did. Rudolph Garvin was a college student, the son of a physician, who wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. He has developed on the pitch into a highly talented player, poised to follow in the footsteps of such Portuguese greats as Eusebio.
See also: follow, footstep

follow (or tread) in someone's footsteps

do as another person did before, especially in making a journey or following an occupation.
See also: follow, footstep

dog somebody’s ˈfootsteps

(of a problem or bad luck) seem to follow somebody everywhere: Bad luck seems to have dogged our footsteps from the beginning.
See also: dog, footstep

follow in somebody’s ˈfootsteps

to do the same job, have the same style of life, etc. as somebody else, especially somebody in your family: He followed in his dad’s footsteps and became a lawyer.
See also: follow, footstep

follow in (someone's) footsteps

To carry on the behavior, work, or tradition of.
See also: follow, footstep
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Bethan Hughes, Deputy Manager at Footsteps, who along with other staff members helped to organise the event comments, "I would like to thank everyone who helped to organise the event.
ISLAMABAD -- Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Musadik Malik on Thursday said Iqbal was a great philosopher and urged upon the students to follow in his footsteps and make Pakistan strong.
It was my pleasure to attend the official unveiling of the Footsteps Towards Freedom sculpture installation at Macquarie Wharf today along with the Premier, Will Hodgman, His Excellency, Michael Higgins, President of Ireland, and Her Excellency, The Honourable Professor Kate Warner, Governor of Tasmania.
Many begin by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba - Islam's holiest site - and performing a series of rites that trace the footsteps of the Prophet Mohammed.
Footsteps I HAVE walked these streets before, haven't you?
POLAR hero Tom Crean is famous for surviving against all the odds - but a new radio documentary reveals his granddaughter's close call while following in his footsteps.
In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven" is a compendium in which original paintings are paired with contemporary photographs of the locations where the original works were created.
Those with one footstep underneath the avatar were nearest to you, sequentially rising to three footsteps for the farthest one.
For some patients, tinnitus acts like footsteps because it is an unfamiliar phenomenon.
Footsteps Children's Nursery has been looking after children and their families in Elswick area of Newcastle's Weswt End for almost 10 years.
Everyone from plasterers and electricians, to builders and floorers, are being asked to give their time and materials for free so that Footsteps Children's Nursery can transform its new home in Benwell.
Secretly, he hopes to track doWn the Wife of a dead performer, Who disappeared 14 years ago and Whose daughter he is raising as his oWn, While the girl aims to folloW in her father's footsteps and become a trapeze performer.
Alistair McIntyre's trek from Scotland to Kent will follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Jimmy, who was forced to travel in search of work 80 years ago.