The Bruins, instead of stepping into an environment that oozes football, find themselves in a place where the football schedule is used to mark time
until basketball season arrives.
For most, camp friendships are intense during the season, mark time
during the winter months, are restored in following summers, and then subside as camp becomes part of the past.
Thermal-beam clocks, in contrast, use fast-moving streams of relatively hot atoms to mark time
I think to mark time
for months would be a very bad thing," he said.
And Doyle's consolation was the knowledge that he could mark time
in some less desired job until he turned 40, at which point - though he'd be less fit and several years closer to pensionability - the county would presumably have to hire him as a cop after all.
In fact, they are not asking the court to use discretion, they are asking the court to mark time