marching orders

plural noun

: authoritative orders or instructions especially to set out on or as if on a march

Examples of marching orders in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Why at a critical juncture in the protest did these student activists assemble at one location off campus to get their marching orders from one man? Sam Faddis, Baltimore Sun, 24 June 2024 The marching orders, apparently, had to come from de Blasio, who repeatedly waffled on the decision and wouldn’t commit to firing the longtime cop. Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News, 9 Jan. 2024 But first, our guide gives us some marching orders before the games begin. Tribune News Service, Orange County Register, 23 May 2024 Industry very much wanted to know they would be issued marching orders. Helen Branswell, STAT, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for marching orders 

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Word History

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of marching orders was in 1714

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“Marching orders.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marching%20orders. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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