countermarch

Part of speech: verb

To march back.

Part of speech: noun

A return march; change of front or of conduct, etc.

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Usage examples "countermarch":

  1. It was most probable that larger bodies had already begun their countermarch from Ladysmith. - "London to Ladysmith via Pretoria", Winston Spencer Churchill.
  2. Instead, Would I might countermarch and meet you. - "Poems", Arthur Macy.
  3. Gonzalo Pizarro continued the chase some leagues beyond Pastos; when, finding himself carried farther than he desired into the territories of Benalcazar, and not caring to encounter this formidable captain at disadvantage, he came to a halt, and, notwithstanding his magnificent vaunt about the North Sea, ordered a retreat, and made a rapid countermarch on Quito. - "History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru", Prescott, William Hickling.