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 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 The marching orders for that band of execs is to diversify, both the genres and formats that the company produces as well as the platforms that carry Skydance shows. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 21 May 2024 The Timberwolves carried out the marching orders to perfection. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 20 May 2024 His results with the Tides are expected to again be excellent, but his progress with the adjustments the Orioles’ brass gave him as his marching orders is more important. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2024 Through this new role, Parker’s first marching orders are to assist with the brand’s product development and brand voice for prospective athletes to sign on. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 8 May 2024 The overall experience amounts to stumbling into town or across an emergent scenario and being given marching orders, rinse and repeat. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 And that was the marching orders from Tom and Steven: Make a miniseries about Buck, Bucky and Rosie. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 15 Mar. 2024

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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