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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Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.
But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
Toomey lives here with her husband, Mark, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and their two daughters.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'
The vision—it had been an instantaneous flash after all and nothing more—had left his mind completely for the time.
About this time the famous Philippine painter, Juan Luna (vide p. 195), was released after six monthsʼ imprisonment as a suspect.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.
Now, it immediately occurred to Davy that he had never in his whole life had all the plums he wanted at any one time.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl