watch one's step

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [step]
    • /wɒtʃ wʌnz stɛp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [step]
    • /wɒtʃ wʌnz stɛp/

Definitions of watch one's step words

  • noun watch one's step a movement made by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, accompanied by a shifting of the weight of the body in the direction of the new position, as in walking, running, or dancing. 1
  • noun watch one's step such a movement followed by a movement of equal distance of the other foot: The soldier took one step forward and stood at attention. 1
  • noun watch one's step the space passed over or the distance measured by one such movement of the foot. 1
  • noun watch one's step the sound made by the foot in making such a movement. 1
  • noun watch one's step a mark or impression made by the foot on the ground; footprint. 1
  • noun watch one's step the manner of walking; gait; stride. 1

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Origin of watch one's step

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (v.) Middle English steppen, Old English steppan; cognate with Old High German stepfen; akin to stamp; (noun) Middle English; Old English stepe

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Parts of speech for Watch one's step


watch one's step popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for watch one's step

verb watch one's step

  • act one's age — anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act.
  • babysit — If you babysit for someone or babysit their children, you look after their children while they are out.
  • be good — do not misbehave
  • be-have — to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well.
  • beat around the bush — to talk around a subject without getting to the point

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