Definition of on the march in English:

on the march


  • 1Marching.

    ‘the army was on the march at last’
    • ‘Even most of the meat he had eaten on the march with Cadona's army was cooked or dry.’
    • ‘The battle began accidentally when the two armies encountered each other on the march at the pass of Cynoscephalae.’
    • ‘It is a stunning, impressive picture that captures the movement of an army on the march, as well as the brooding conditions they face almost as an active element in the conflict.’
    • ‘Another way Sweden found to reduce her war costs was to train her army to live off of the land thereby reducing the supply issue for an army on the march.’
    • ‘The Kingdom of Jerusalem still hung by a thread and armies were on the march that spring.’
    • ‘Their job was to ensure no Moslem army should advance suddenly and catch Charles on the march.’
    • ‘They reached the bottom of the hill, and two-thirds of the country was empty, as the orcs had gone on the march to meet Aragorn's army.’
    • ‘Armies were on the march, battles were being fought and lost, and regimes became acutely conscious of their vulnerability.’
    • ‘The pressure of that blank metal stare chilled Martel's soul, as if he were watching distant, marauding armies on the march.’
    • ‘It was like an army on the march when this happened.’
    1. 1.1 Making progress.
      ‘United are on the march again’
      • ‘The government there has a vested interest in being seen to be hardline: the right-wing is on the march and on the rise in Belgium, causing considerable unease in Brussels.’
      • ‘Partick Thistle are joint top of the Second Division just behind Clydebank on goal difference and John Lambie is convincing friend and foe alike that the Firhill side are on the march once more.’
      • ‘But the gospel according to Mel betrays a peculiarly unsophisticated take on the key event in the Christian tradition, and casts doubt on the idea that religion is on the march.’
      • ‘Let us be in no doubt that the US military industrial complex is off the leash and on the march, bankrolling both Republicans and Democrats.’
      • ‘Military style has been on the march for a while now, but this season, army attire will push its way to the fashion front.’
      • ‘That superb strike was as good a note as any to sign off on, leaving everyone who saw the performance half-thinking of a quick dash to the bookies before word got out that Towers are on the march.’
      • ‘Freedom has always been on the march in this country.’
      • ‘Communism was on the march in Afghanistan, Nicaragua and Angola.’
      • ‘Because of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, two terror regimes are gone forever, freedom is on the march, and America is more secure.’
      • ‘This time last year, when Celtic were engaged in a heroic, though ultimately futile, Champions League campaign, O'Neill's reputation was on the march.’