that had up to

Gijoe

Senior Member
Korean
The company commanders ran off to their companies, the sergeants major began bustling (the greatcoats were not in very good condition), and instantly the squares that had up to then been in regular order and silent began to sway and stretch and hum with voices.

What does it in red mean?
Thank you
 
  • spodulike

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The phrase is not "that had up to" it is "up to then"

    and instantly the squares that had (up to then) been in regular order

    "up to then" means "until that time"
     
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