to follow in someone's footsteps

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - follow in someone's footsteps

"to follow in someone's footsteps"

to pursue and emulate the same career, lifestyle, behavior or tradition as someone else


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - follow in someone's footsteps

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I see that the company is pursuing the same strategy as all the other companies in our niche.

Colleague 2:  It seems we are doomed to just follow along with the crowd. We wait for the big industry leaders to make a move and then produce similar products.

Colleague 1:  Perhaps it is time to do something really innovative instead of just following in the industry leader's footsteps?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - follow in someone's footsteps

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  My son is starting university in the fall.

Friend 2:  Congratulations. What is he going to study?

Friend 1:  Accounting.

Friend 2:  How interesting that he is going to follow in your footsteps. You've been an accountant all your professional career haven't you?

Friend 1:  I have. And I studied in the same university that my son will be attending.

to follow in someone's footsteps - Usage:


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to follow in someone's footsteps - Gerund Form:

Following in his father's footsteps, he became a police officer as well.

to follow in someone's footsteps - Examples:

1)  Other studies show that new teachers are not following in the footsteps of their baby-boomer predecessors and staying in teaching for the entirety of ...

2)  ... that way down the road youngsters easily young enough to be our grandchildren would be following in our footsteps, standing up to bigotry and hatred.

3)  Google appears to be poised to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft Corp. and do something unexpected by unveiling its own ...

4)  ... the actions he took are truly like what I would have expected if someone were following in the footsteps of Christ.

5)  When Canada began to consider amending its copyright laws, it appeared to be following in the footsteps of the United States.

6)  Thanks for the advice, and I'll certainly make an effort to follow in your footsteps.

7)  Whether we want our children to follow in our footsteps or learn from our mistakes, what we want most is to ...

8)  ... he grew jealous of her success as a fighter while he failed to follow in her footsteps, so he drugged her and she became a zombie. 

9)  I urge the government to follow in the footsteps of so many nations in formally recognising these genocides.

10)  ... because his dad is a judge and he wanted his son to be able to follow in his footsteps which he could not do with a conviction on his record so ...

11)  ... because I am obese and have a 12 year old son who is following in my footsteps. I would like to bring a new lifestyle into our home.

12)  ... but she took her argument public and it is important that other women do not follow in her footsteps and risk getting that same horrible result.

13)  ... was a beekeeper before me, his father was a beekeeper. I want to follow in their footsteps.

14)  My purpose is to leave this world smiling, having followed in the footsteps of my sensei and having entrusted this path to the next generation.

15)  ... boss to work for, what a fine upstanding man he is, I'll follow in his footsteps, and do my level best to earn a reputation like his.

16)  If America consumes ever larger amounts of energy, and if the developing nations follow in its footsteps, then the world must sooner or later confront an awesome challenge.

17)  ... began his professional acting career at the age of 8, following in the footsteps of many family members who are actors and musicians.

18)  He found his way to Wall Street, following in the footsteps of his father, who worked as a bond salesman when he ...

19)  TechCrunch has always primarily been about startups. With everyone following in their footsteps, startups have become synonymous with technology journalism.

20)  See how three women staged their own heart-healthy dietary interventions, and follow in their footsteps to keep your heart pumping strong now and in the decades to ...