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marching orders

noun
1.
Military. orders to begin a march or other troop movement.
2.
Informal.
  1. orders to start out, move on, proceed, etc.:
    We're just sitting by the phone, awaiting our marching orders.
  2. notice of dismissal from a position or job; walking papers.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
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  • Maybe it is more to be pitied-as the recipient of conflicting marching orders.
  • The soldier calls to say that he's received his marching orders.
  • For some reason, these were the marching orders in this story.
  • The heads of those agencies serve at the president's pleasure and obey his marching orders.
  • Because lockstep is no way to go through life, and we've been under marching orders long enough.
  • All steps must be completed prior to sending marching orders to crews, which in turn starts a forty day clock.
  • Call them a set of marching orders for the next five years.
  • Coming from department of finance the marching orders even in good years are to chase grants.
  • Previous staff as well as those presently employed, performed their jobs with this mandate as their marching orders.
  • Group of official letters concerning various administrative matters such as marching orders, promotions, and casualties.
British Dictionary definitions for marching orders

marching orders

plural noun
1.
military orders, esp to infantry, giving instructions about a march, its destination, etc
2.
(informal) notice of dismissal, esp from employment
3.
(informal) the instruction to proceed with a task
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Slang definitions & phrases for marching orders

marching orders

noun phrase

A directive to get going or carry out instructions: marching orders for the husbands (1937+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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