Definition of mark time in English:

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mark time

1(Of troops) march on the spot without moving forward.
Example sentences
  • I had them mark time and started them off marching down the trail that led to the football field.
  • He blew his whistle, signaling for the band to mark time.
  • Still, some steps are better than just marking time in place, right?
1.1Pass one’s time in routine activities until a more interesting opportunity presents itself: we’re all just marking time, waiting for Wednesday
More example sentences
  • But he's only marking time until he can return to New Orleans.
  • In the short term the markets are still nervous and will mark time until the outlook for the US becomes more certain.
  • The secondary has to find out and the kids with a high-level D have to mark time until those without catch up.
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