Meaning of follow in someone's footsteps in English:

follow in someone's footsteps


(also tread in someone's footsteps)
  • Do as another person did before, especially in making a journey or following a particular career.

    ‘my father was a flight sergeant and I followed in his footsteps’
    • ‘I'm very much treading in her footsteps, because she was one of the first women in this country to climb in the Himalayas and was part of the 1929 expedition to Nepal.’
    • ‘From her home in Cairns, Australia, she was stunned to find her name double was treading in her footsteps 30 years on.’
    • ‘Timothy trod in his footsteps, and loved to care for the saints, but he could not say this of all.’
    • ‘But she thought she could tread in his footsteps the American way; she didn't require the services of twenty bodyguards like he did.’
    • ‘All French leaders since de Gaulle have trod in his footsteps and followed his lead on most issues, until at least very recently.’
    • ‘I also needed street plans and photos of the town, I imagined that maps and images would let me re-imagine my father's walk to work, tread in his footsteps, though his feet are bigger than mine.’
    • ‘Faithfully and devoutly will I tread in his footsteps, that I may be influenced by his consummate life, be a worthy heir of his sublime inheritance and have a vestige of his in me.’
    • ‘Gargano, now 42, knows all about conniving promoters, vicious opponents, dodgy decisions and the seamy side of boxing politics, but has no hesitation in allowing his sons to tread in his footsteps.’
    • ‘He founded a sect which holds him up as the Great Exemplar of mankind, and scarcely one member of which even tries to tread in his footsteps.’
    • ‘The whole life of the just is an illustration of his pious feelings and noble principles; his children will observe him, will imitate him, will follow his precepts, and tread in his footsteps, and will therefore be happy after him.’