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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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  • We had hit a lucky moment, evidently there was going to be a march-past or some thing like that.

  • I have been here several days, watching them come and go; it is like the march-past of an army.

    Italian Hours Henry James
  • But now, let us suppose it is the occasion of the march-past, in the grounds of the Lyceum, before the javelin-throwing.

  • His Majesty hopes, when the march-past is over, to receive a march-up of fair ladies.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • Their consorts with their suite watched the march-past from landaus.

    Majesty Louis Couperus
  • Then came a picture of the main square of Louvain, with a group of generals waiting for the march-past and the salute.

  • The footpaths were lined pretty thickly with loungers who had stood to watch the march-past of a regiment of Zeibecks.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • The march-past after a victory is a thing to drive the heart mad with jubilation; but this one was a thing to break it.

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