standard operating procedure


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

Examples of standard operating procedure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their privilege happens to be standard operating procedure. Tomris Lafly,, "‘Black and Blue’ review: A rookie female police officer is caught in a world of contradictions," 25 Oct. 2019 Researchers will need to circumvent numerous technical obstacles before microbots become standard operating procedure. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian, "How Tiny, Microbe-Propelled Bots Could Deliver Drugs In Our Bodies," 26 Sep. 2019 They were supposed to have a police escort, which is standard operating procedure for visiting teams in college football. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football comes up yard short in loss to Hawaii," 24 Aug. 2019 But hate first, questions later, is standard operating procedure for a segment of the gaming world. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Player: Yes, Trump is wrong to blame video games for mass shootings, but it’s complicated," 8 Aug. 2019 This follows standard operating procedure in such scenarios. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "White Man Calls Cops On Black Women Over Glass At Swimming Pool, Swears He's Not Racist," 26 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of standard operating procedure

1952, in the meaning defined above

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21 Nov 2019

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“Standard operating procedure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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