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march past

1. Literally, to walk past (someone or something) in a unified group or regimented file or formation. We all trembled in fear as the soldiers marched past. As if to add insult to injury at having to stay home and study, a huge crowd of people all marched past my window on their way to the ceremony.
2. To proceed or progress onward toward the future without one. My greatest fear is being stuck in some dead-end job, watching the days of my life march past. They deserve the disqualification—let the championship march past them this year!
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march past someone or something

to move in a file or formation past someone or something. The people in the parade marched past the children standing on the curb. The soldiers marched past the general.
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A MASKED anarchist marches past a blazing Renault garage yesterday during anti-capitalist demonstrations in Paris on the 50th anniversary of riots and civil unrest across France.
|TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUM: A band marches past a naval ship at Pier Head (above) while the parade of veterans snakes past the Liver Building (above right)
(Examiner ref: 52-4801, TmcHUD301009-ke08018) SOLEMN: Representatives of the Red Cross and Huddersfield Borough Police enter the Parish Church for the Remembrance Day service on November 9, 1952 (Examiner ref: 52-4802, TmcHUD301009-ke08019) STANDING ORDERS: The Remembrance Day parade marches past the Market Place, Huddersfield, on, November 7, 1954.
Ex-service personel salute the mayor, Cllr Peter Bradley, as the parade marches past the Town Hall.
The Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland Sir John Riddell will take the salute as he parade marches past the Berwick Town Hall.
He added: "The actions of the Orange Order in applying for another three contentious marches past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales is not the action of a body seeking to defuse the situation.