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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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It made my old companion clench his fists to see those poor white women marching past to their horrid fates, and, though I shared his sentiments, I was as powerless to alter their destinies as he.
A NUMBER of readers contacted us last week regarding the image of Wrens marching past the City Hall as part of the Victory Parade, which was held in Cardiff on the Sunday after VE Day.
To say that they were unaware of the funeral is astonishing, considering the band and personnel marching past the premises.
RIGHT to Work protesters have been banned from marching past the Conservative Party conference at Birmingham's International Convention Centre because of security fears.
I CRINGE to see the Windsors preening like peacocks in their various military uniforms, displaying more decorations than the brave veterans marching past the Cenotaph.
Now all stand at attention As a tribute from the past To today's young fallen heroes Now slowly marching past.
Marching past are the men of the 43rd Royal Tank Regiment (6th City Bn) TA.
The families of those killed on May 17 will have to stomach UDA brigadier Jackie McDonald marching past the place where their relatives died.
Newspapers and television screens were plastered with images of John Paul II and the endless parade of mourners marching past his body, while columnists and commentators spilled an ocean of ink and chewed up a sky full of airwaves discussing the legacy of this global "superstar."
Betty was also in the ARP and this photograph is of a victory parade with either the Land Army Girls or the ARP marching past Coventry Council House just after the war.
PROTEST: How parade could look marching past GPO; ALERT: March will go by site of 1916 Rising in which hundreds of Irish citizens were killed
PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde said he blamed the Orange Order for the violence which erupted after a parade was barred from marching past a nationalist area on Saturday.
THE authorities in Tayside better take some reality pills over the weekend because there is no way they can stop me and thousands like me marching past Gleneagles Hotel next Wednesday.
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