marching orders, get one's

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marching orders, get one's

Be ordered to move on or proceed; also, be dismissed from a job. For example, The sales force got their marching orders yesterday, so now they'll be on the road with the new product, or It's too bad about Jackthe boss gave him his marching orders Friday. This expression originally alluded to a military command. [Colloquial; late 1700s]

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