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general orders

noun, Military
a set of permanent orders from a headquarters establishing policy for a command or announcing official acts.
a set of permanent orders governing the duties and behavior of sentries on routine guard duty.
Compare special orders.
Origin of general orders
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If the order of business provides for orders of the day, they come up under that head, taking precedence of general orders.
  • Such general orders are not issued except in rather extreme cases.
  • He spent it with other recruits memorizing their general orders.

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