March comes from the name Martius, named after Mars and the Roman god of war. It is the third month in the Gregorian calendar.

However, in the early Roman calendar, March was the first month. March became the third month when January and February became the first and second months, perhaps around 450 BCE.

All around the world, many celebrations are present during March. Some have historical origins, while some fit the season. The most notable is the beginning of Spring, which marks the Spring Break mainly in the US earlier or later than March 15th to April. There are also some celebrations with a spiritual background, like the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which is also typical worldwide.
With the abovementioned and other celebrations, writing a blog about them would’ve been too long. However, in this blog post, 11Talk will feature five Idiomatic Expressions with the word “March” with their meanings, sample sentences, and sample conversations to add educational references to your English learning journey.

First on the list is “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”

The expression refers to the difference in the weather from the start to the end of the month; since March is typically turbulent as the cold winter ends and the warm Spring begins, this idiom means that the month started rough (like a lion). They should expect to see much calmer weather at the end of the month (out like a lamb).

Some example sentences are below:

Here are some sample conversations from the sample sentences above:

Spencer: Oh, it’s almost March! I hope it’ll start well.

Derek: Don’t worry. The news anchor announced that March would come in like a lion and goes out like a lamb again this year.

Spencer: That’d be great!

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JJ: I’m considering going on vacation this month, but I need to figure out the weather in Baguio City.

Hotch: The weather is excellent there around this month.

JJ: How do you know?

Hotch: Well, according to the social media post that I saw, in Baguio City, March did come in like a lion.

JJ: Oh really? Hopefully, it will go out like a lamb.

Secondly, “To march to the beat of a different drum.”

This expression refers to doing your own thing and minding your business without feeling ashamed or guilty— to doing things uniquely regardless of societal norms and conventional expectations— acting independently and differing in conduct or ideas from most others.

Some example sentences are below:

Here are some sample conversations from the sample sentences above:

Emily: When will you register for this year’s Poetry Reading at the campus?

Penelope: I feel like not going to do it.

Emily: But why? You’re so good at it.

Penelope: Because my classmates make fun of me for joining.

Emily: Don’t mind them.

Penelope: It’s hard not to.

Emily: You can remember that when you march to the beat of a different drum, others won’t understand your ideas; those who don’t aren’t your people. Those who do are.

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Gideon: So, was your visit to the museum fun?

Rossi: We were having fun, but Donna stayed on the bus.

Gideon: Oh no! Why?

Rossi: I think it was because she marched to the beat of a different drum.

Third, “To be as mad as a march hare.”

This expression describes anyone behaving oddly or foolishly; someone who is excitable and unpredictable is as mad as a March hare.

Some example sentences are below:

Here are some sample conversations from the sample sentences above:

Luke: You look like you’re about to make some trouble! What do you have in mind?

Tara: Nothing much. I’ll be as mad as a march hare if I have to deal with power interruption for the second time this day.

Luke: I get where you’re coming from with that rage. It’d be terrible.

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Matthew: What happened to you last night? You left in the middle of the reunion.

Kate: Mom was as mad as a march hare when I talked wrong about my cousins.

Matthew: I think every Mom would.

Kate: Surely. I discovered it the wrong way.

Fourth, “March on.”

This expression means to continue.

Some example sentences are below:

Here are some sample conversations from the sample sentences above:

William: If you could give a chant to the universe at the moment, what would it be?

Haley: For me, it would be, “May my weary spirit march on with strength in the next few days.”

William: That’s somewhat great! I hope your spirit will.

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Zach: What do you think about Dexter and Deborah’s chemistry as a couple?

Rochelle: Well, they look good together!

Zach: I think so too. They’re also top-notch sweet, right?

Rochelle: I think. But you seem to know something I don’t.

Zach: Haha. My friend told me Dexter and Deborah planned to march on with their travel plans yesterday.

Rochelle: Oh wow! That’s sweet!

Lastly, “To steal a march on someone.”

This expression means to do something before someone else does..

Some example sentences are below:

Here are some sample conversations from the sample sentences above:

Amanda: The marketing team needs help making new strategies.

Natalie: I heard about their struggles since the rival company copies their every move.

Amanda: Yes. Nowadays, marketing strategies are more about stealing a march on others.

Natalie: Indeed!

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George: How did it go at the awarding last night?

Foyet: It was controversial. Kate threw shade on Richard!

George: Is that for real?

Foyet: Yes! Because Richard stole a march on Kate when his first mystery novel won an award after publishing.

George: Oh, I see why Kate felt awful.

Foyet: Yes. His novel, Castle, also became a top-selling book!

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