standing order


Definition of standing order

: an instruction or prescribed procedure in force permanently or until changed or canceled especially : any of the rules for the guidance and government of parliamentary procedure which endure through successive sessions until vacated or repealed

Examples of standing order in a Sentence

She placed a standing order for fresh flowers every week. They were on standing orders never to leave the prisoner unattended.
Recent Examples on the Web This means that industrial establishments with less than 300 workers need no standing order—a guideline document that supersedes even the employment contract—while laying off or retrenching staff. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s new labour bills have huge ramifications for how workers can be hired and fired," 28 Sep. 2020 The state has a standing order with industrial filter manufacturer Donaldson to procure as many as 1.5 million masks. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "With second virus wave coming, Minnesota waits for millions of N95 masks," 17 Aug. 2020 The state health department's standing order on testing says that anyone who has symptoms or believes they have been exposed to a case can get tested. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Coronavirus testing: supply shortages, more positive cases and longer wait times," 23 June 2020 My standing order with China Express is a Pu Pu Platter and an order of Pad Thai (with peanuts, not spicy). Mike Rose, cleveland, "Parma comic book store owner Adam Barsa talks about his favorite Greater Cleveland dining choices: Five for Friday," 12 June 2020 So far, the group has helped 166 people, some with one-time requests, others with standing orders. Mark Landler, New York Times, "To Fight Coronavirus, U.K. Asked for Some Volunteers. It Got an Army.," 7 Apr. 2020 Only five states have no standing order from their governor or local governments to keep people at home. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump considers ban on flights between coronavirus hot spots," 1 Apr. 2020 The student opts for pills, and leaves Patchen’s office with a one-month supply with a standing order for refills through the school clinic. Selena Simmons-duffin, Washington Post, "‘Where The Need Is:’ Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School," 12 June 2018 Remote hosting isn’t a standing order yet, locally or nationally. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "This week has been a year. Here's how to pace yourself — and your media consumption," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of standing order

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Standing order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of standing order

: an order or procedure that continues to be followed until it is changed or canceled

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