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mark time

To idly wait; to do nothing except observe the passage of time. I wish we had something to do, but we just have to mark time until this thing is published and we get some reviews.
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mark time

Fig. to wait; to do nothing but wait. I'll just mark time till things get better. Do you expect me to just stand here and mark time?
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mark time

Wait idly for something to occur, as in We were just marking time until we received our instructions. This idiom alludes to the literal meaning of marching in place to the time, or beat, of music. [Early 1800s]
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mark time

COMMON If you mark time, you do not do anything interesting or of value, because you are waiting to see how a situation develops. He had failed his college exams and was marking time working in a baker's shop. People think that I'm marking time till I can make movies or Broadway shows. Note: When soldiers mark time, they march on the spot without moving forward.
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mark time

1 (of troops) march on the spot without moving forward. 2 pass your time in routine activities until a more interesting opportunity presents itself.
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mark ˈtime

stay in one situation, job, etc., not making any progress, but waiting for an opportunity to do so: ‘What are you doing at the moment?’ ‘I’m just marking time until somebody offers me a better job.’
If soldiers mark time, they march on one spot without moving forward.
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mark time

tv. to wait; to do nothing but wait. Do you expect me to just stand here and mark time?
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mark time

1. To move the feet alternately in the rhythm of a marching step without advancing.
2. To suspend progress for the time being; wait in readiness.
3. To function in an apathetic or ineffective manner.
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THE marked time of passage, The impending attack, The suicide mission, There's no turning back, The massacre witnessed Throughout every land, The Taliban flack That we don't understand, The hijack, the hostage, The siege of the plane, The first and the last time, The sad charred remains, The carnage uncovered, The note penned by hand, The god they've discovered We can't understand, The retaliation, The military might, The power, the glory, The sand bombed by night, The death, the destruction, The desolate land, The children play soldiers, They don't understand, The tears of a mother, The victim, the grief, The innocent suffer, The war of the weak, The old life, the new life, The tiny clasped hand, If we loved one another, Then we might understand.
Additionally, most CDP solutions provide the ability to annotate a timeline with specific events or special times in the history of the data, which gives the user the ability to restore to any specific point in time, as well as anything in between these marked times.