standard operating procedure

noun

Definition of standard operating procedure 

: established or prescribed methods to be followed routinely for the performance of designated operations or in designated situations

called also standing operating procedure

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This is standard operating procedure for three generations now of dictators in North Korea. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 The dynamic described is standard operating procedure in big-time college basketball and has been ever since the shoe companies recognized the millions that could be made from putting potential stars in their pipelines. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Adidas' relationship with AAU looks sketchy, but it's just free market," 17 May 2018 By all accounts, launching a counterintelligence investigation to ensure that campaign officials aren’t vulnerable to foreign influence and blackmail is standard operating procedure at the FBI, not a scandal. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "What You Need to Know About the FBI’s Trump-Campaign Informant," 19 May 2018 That seemed to be standard operating procedure on Caddyshack. Chris Nashawaty, SI.com, "Inside the Caddyshack Scene That Squashed the Bill Murray-Chevy Chase Beef," 17 Apr. 2018 This has become standard operating procedure in major cities across the country. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, "Toronto van rampage highlights importance of street safety," 24 Apr. 2018 In the absence of new rules from U.S. lawmakers, this will eventually became standard operating procedure for Facebook. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The IRS online tax-payment website crashed — on Tax Day," 18 Apr. 2018 Waiting for October, once an annual pipedream on the North Side, has become standard operating procedure at the start of each season. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Success hasn't turned Cubs from lovable to unlikable ... yet," 23 Mar. 2018 There is no standard operating procedure with this administration. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump triangulates on trade. Here are five takeaways from the tariff announcement.," 2 Mar. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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