One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
March in the opposite direction or back along the same route.
- ‘The 7th West Virginia swiftly countermarched to the Valley and again found themselves pursuing the wily Confederate commander.’
- ‘For three years armies marched and countermarched between horrific battles, which slaughtered thousands but allowed neither side to prevail.’
- ‘The armies marching and countermarching throughout this township during the 18th and early 19th centuries discouraged early settlers.’
- ‘The armies of the French and English marched and countermarched along the trails through the hills.’
- ‘Realizing the road ahead was blocked, they countermarched in order to find a way around.’
An act or instance of marching in the opposite direction or back along the same route.
- ‘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.’
- ‘He maintained that ‘in all marches and countermarches of the human race, France of right leads the van.’’
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