marching orders

plural noun

Definition of marching orders

: 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 Without marching orders, the standing army remained on call. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 The kids were alone at night and didn’t always follow Gach’s marching orders. Star Tribune, "Austin’s true colors," 23 Feb. 2020 Despite narrowing differences on dollar amounts between Pelosi and Mnuchin, committee leaders charged with implementing any agreement still haven’t gotten their marching orders. al, "Shelby on coronavirus aid bill: ‘Democrats don’t want anything’," 22 Oct. 2020 Trump does not condemn white supremacy, tells far right group Proud Boys to ‘stand by’ Sept. 29, 202001:48 On the Proud Boys' account on the social media app Telegram, the group appeared to take the statement as marching orders. NBC News, "Proud Boys celebrate after Trump's debate callout," 30 Sep. 2020 When Sourisseau, his boss, put him on the story, his marching orders were simple. Washington Post, "With the Charlie Hebdo trial underway, does ‘Je suis Charlie’ still resonate in France?," 20 Sep. 2020 But Cupid falls in love with Psyche, and in The Council of the Gods, Cupid gets his marching orders. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Immovable Raphael," 19 Sep. 2020 But Pendley said his marching orders are centered on fighting and preventing fires, reducing the numbers of wild horses and burros and accommodating more recreation. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Public lands boss says he’s focused on curbing wildfires, wild horses," 10 Sep. 2020 What were your marching orders to Lovely in terms of song selection and their performance? Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Lovelytheband Explain the Cosmic Coincidence That Landed Them a Role in New Rom-Com 'This Is the Year'," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of marching orders

1714, in the meaning defined above

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“Marching orders.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of marching orders

US : orders that tell you what to do
British used to say that someone has been ordered to leave a place, job, etc.

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