[ mahrch-past, -pahst ]
/ ˈmɑrtʃˌpæst, -ˌpɑst /
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a parade or procession, especially of troops past a reviewing stand.
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Origin of march-past
First recorded in 1875–80; noun use of verb phrase march past
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How to use march-past in a sentence
After the march past the officers were called up and congratulated on the showing the men had made, and they passed it on to us.Into the Jaws of Death|Jack O'Brien
A Serjeant-major of the Guards was in charge of the parade, and of the march past the saluting point.
When the march past was concluded, there was scarce one of the prisoners who would not gladly have enlisted.With Kitchener in the Soudan|G. A. Henty
But now, let us suppose it is the occasion of the march-past, in the grounds of the Lyceum, before the javelin-throwing.The Cavalry General|Xenophon
When the march past was finished, Joan returned to the front and rode at the head of the column.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc|Mark Twain
British Dictionary definitions for march-past
the marching of troops on parade past a person who is reviewing them
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