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pass in review

[for marchers] to move past an important person for a visual examination. All the soldiers passed in review on the Fourth of July. As they passed in review, each of them saluted the officers on the reviewing stand.
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review for something

to study material again for something, such as an examination. I need some time to review for the examination. Have you had enough time to review for your speech?
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Unless you have been there you cannot imagine what a frightening effect this steady come-down of troops has on the spectators, even when they know it is only a review.
The review over, the Guards set forward alone on their march, the Musketeers waiting for the king, which allowed Porthos time to go and take a turn in his superb equipment in the Rue aux Ours.
The North American Review could not, without some displeasure, contemplate so much glory monopolized by England.
He had lived a good deal in France among the men who made the Mercure de France the liveliest review of the day, and by the simple process of expressing in English their point of view he had acquired in England a reputation for originality.
Once, in the days when the Imperial Institute rose in South Kensington, and Joseph Chamberlain was booming the Empire, I induced the editor of a leading monthly review to commission an article from Sweet on the imperial importance of his subject.
Little of the book read for a purpose stays with the reader, and this is one reason why reading for review is so vain and unprofitable.
Collins was seated in an easy-chair close to the window, reading a review.
Then the chemistry of vision would begin to work, and they would troop in review across his mind, each, by contrast, multiplying Ruth's glories.
Unlike our papers of to-day, which are written by many hands, Defoe wrote the whole of the Review himself, and continued to do so for years.
He wrote an article which attracted attention in a quarterly review.
But two events of importance occurred in the quiet family circle during the lapse of years which is now under review.
I remember writing a review of a thin little volume--" I had begun carelessly, when she interrupted me.
I remember the review," she went on hastily, becoming aware of the awkwardness of her remark; "that too, too flattering review.
This story was published by the poet Nekrassov in his review and was received with acclamations.
Sheriff's Department reviews of Los Angeles County Jail inmate deaths are averaging longer than a year each and sometimes even take several years, according to a report released Wednesday on the growing backlog of cases.