One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
March in the opposite direction or back along the same route.‘the band was practising, marching and countermarching on the playing field’
- ‘For three years armies marched and countermarched between horrific battles, which slaughtered thousands but allowed neither side to prevail.’
- ‘Realizing the road ahead was blocked, they countermarched in order to find a way around.’
- ‘The armies of the French and English marched and countermarched along the trails through the hills.’
- ‘The 7th West Virginia swiftly countermarched to the Valley and again found themselves pursuing the wily Confederate commander.’
- ‘The armies marching and countermarching throughout this township during the 18th and early 19th centuries discouraged early settlers.’
An act or instance of marching in the opposite direction.
- ‘He maintained that ‘in all marches and countermarches of the human race, France of right leads the van.’’
- ‘Following the political formula that every protest should inspire a countermarch, there has been a request for permission to stomp through Aberdeen the same day from a nationalist group.’
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