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1. To continue walking or marching forward. We had no choice but to march on, despite the rain.
2. To continue doing something or making progress. We've run into a few problems with the software, but we're still marching on to meet our December deadline.
3. To progress or continue unabated or unhindered. Each day marches on, and before we know it, we're in our 50s with all the promise of our youth behind us.
time marches on
Time continues to move forward irrespective of our actions or desires. A: "Can you believe it's been 20 years since we graduated from college?" B: "Gosh, that's depressing. Time marches on, eh?" There was so much I wanted to do with my life, but time just marched on without me.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. Lit. to continue marching. Please march on. Don't stop here; there are other parts of the parade coming along behind you. Let's march on. We have a long way to go.
2. Fig. [for time] to continue. Time marches on. We are all getting older. As the day marches on, try to get everything completed.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To continue to march: The militia marched on despite the jeers from the people on the sidewalk.
2. To assemble and walk to some place in order to express an opinion, especially opposition, to people of power there: The employees' union marched on the state capitol.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.