general orders

noun Military.
1.
a set of permanent orders from a headquarters establishing policy for a command or announcing official acts.
2.
a set of permanent orders governing the duties and behavior of sentries on routine guard duty.
Compare special order.


Origin:
1865–70

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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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