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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First there are the unusually bright children, who mark-time in the ordinary classes.The New Education|Scott Nearing