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[mahrch-past, -pahst] /ˈmɑrtʃˌpæst, -ˌpɑst/
a parade or procession, especially of troops past a reviewing stand.
Origin of march-past
1875-80; noun use of verb phrase march past Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The band struck up the march past, and we all looked our best and strode onward as though we had only just landed.

    Two Years on Trek Louis Eugne du Moulin
  • And there was no end to that terrible march past; fresh pilgrims were ever appearing.

  • We turned into the Borne just in time to see an infantry battalion march past to the strains of a good military band.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
  • A Royal Salute was given, and then commenced the march past.

    Sixty Years a Queen Sir Herbert Maxwell
  • When the march past was concluded, there was scarce one of the prisoners who would not gladly have enlisted.

  • He was at the Amesbury march past, and we had a long chat about it.

  • They stormed a village after the march past, which was a charming sight to see.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • We will station ourselves there, and watch our brave army march past.

    A Heroine of France Evelyn Everett-Green
  • True, and at the last Review, the 'march past' was performed before a mounted generalissimo profoundly asleep, head on breast.

  • After the march past, he escorted Lucy in a ride on horseback.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
British Dictionary definitions for march past

march past

the marching of troops on parade past a person who is reviewing them
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