keep in step

keep in step (with someone or something)

1. Literally, to follow or maintain the proper rhythm of someone or something else while walking. It was impressive to see so many troops all keeping in step during the military parade. The children kept in step with their teacher as they walked to the library.
2. To conform to or act in accordance with someone or something, especially by doing what is considered correct, proper, acceptable, etc. You really need to start keeping in step if you want to keep your job as our lead artist—you work for the company, not for yourself. The senator is often criticized for not keeping in step with the views of her political party, but that's why so many people across the country love her.
3. To ensure that someone or some group conforms to or acts in accordance with someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "in." You've got to keep your staff in step if you want your department to start hitting its targets. The president vowed that he would keep the country in step with the policies laid out by the United Nations.
See also: keep, someone, step

keep in step

(with someone) Go to in step (with someone).
See also: keep, step