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What is a single word for “already made path”?

For example "to walk in a person's [already made path]"

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Actually, you could just leave everything out. To walk in a person’s path can only be attempted if they have actually left one to walk in. –  tchrist Jul 17 '13 at 21:01
    
@tchrist I want to emphasise the fact that the path has "already been made" by the person –  Chaim Chaikin Jul 17 '13 at 21:05

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In your specific example, it would most often be said as

To walk in a person's footsteps

This is a common expression that can be used literally and figuratively to to mean "to follow the path already made by someone".

A footstep, or course, is the impression made by someone when they create or follow a path.

Noting your concern about "to walk in a person's path" (without the emphasis on it already having been made), you can walk in a persons path by stepping in front of them as they are making a path. (It has not already been made.) Better in this case, I think, would be "to walk into a persons path". But, yes, there is an ambiguity in this case.

By the way, if this answer fits what you are thinking, you should edit your question to something like "What is a single word for “already made path

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Perhaps "well-worn" (if hyphenation is considered one word)?

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