close order

noun

: an arrangement of troops in a typical marching formation

Examples of close order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After completing physical tests and written exams along with leadership classes and close order drill, Inori was selected as one of the Top Ten graduates. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2020 After physical and written tests, leadership classes, and close order drill, she was selected as the top Young Marine at the ALS. baltimoresun.com, 31 Aug. 2020 California’s beach-closing order is based on the concern that people on the beach won’t socially distance and could therefore infect one another. Noah Feldman, Houston Chronicle, 6 May 2020 Notably, the Fairhope Pier was ordered closed on March 22, following a TV media report about large gatherings on it after Ivey had issued her beach closing order. al, 20 Apr. 2020 Are there any negative implications of all these projects coming online in close order? John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2019 Vergne, from pole, had led throughout, but was coming under constant pressure from New Zealand's Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing), with home hope Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and his DS Techeetah teammate Andre Lotterer taking close order. Paul Gittings, CNN, 22 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of close order was circa 1797

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“Close order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close%20order. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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