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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]
See also: follow, footstep

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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A few weeks into the game, amid multiple server failures, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack claims and multiple glitches later, the footstep mechanism appeared to end up with a glitch where all Pokemon on the Nearby list would show as three footsteps away.
4 : the sound of a foot taking a step <We heard footsteps.
Ruby Haskell (left), her husband, Cottage Grove City Councilor Lindsey Haskell, Recorder Joan Hoehn, City Manager Richard Meyers with daughter Emma, 5, and library director Dan Kaye all get in the spirit of the Million Footstep Challenge, which aimed to promote better health.
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.
Principal Saira Waseem said today evey child in Pakistan was striving hard to follow in the footsteps of the great Thinker of Pakistan who envisioned the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of subcontinent.
The Footsteps Towards Freedom Project recognises Tasmanias rich cultural and convict history, and today saw the unveiling of four bronze sculptures commemorating the convict women and their children who arrived in Van Diemens Land and disembarked on the Hobart waterfront.
Muslims believe the rites also trace the footsteps of the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail - Abraham and Ishmael in the Bible.
Documentary On One - In Tom Crean's Footsteps is on RTE Radio 1 today at 1.
Critique: Profusely and beautifully illustrated with superbly reproduced images of original paintings paired with full color photography imagery that is enhanced with the inclusion of an informed and informative commentary, "In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven" is inherently fascinating and consistently compelling read from beginning to end.
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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.
Footsteps Children's Nursery has been looking after children and their families in Elswick area of Newcastle's Weswt End for almost 10 years.
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.