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(one's) marching orders

1. A command or direction to advance, progress, or move on. (Usually used with "get" or "give.") We were waiting for the project leader to give us our marching orders before we began development of the next iteration of the software. Bill had been living in his parents' house for nearly a year without working when he finally got his marching orders to move out.
2. A notice of dismissal from one's employment. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that I'm going to get my marching orders any day now. The boss gave Daniel his marching orders for arriving to work drunk.
See also: marche, order

marching orders

AMERICAN
Your marching orders are the instructions that you are given in order to carry out a plan or achieve an aim. As one White House official put it, `We're still waiting for our marching orders.' Program executives have new marching orders for Hollywood producers. Note: The above expressions relate to the army. When soldiers are given marching orders, they are ordered to march to a particular place.
See also: marche, order

marching orders

a dismissal or sending off.
In military terminology, marching orders are literally instructions from a superior officer for troops to depart. The North American version of the idiom is marching papers .
See also: marche, order
References in classic literature ?
He's a very good fellow," said Arthur: "but I confess it would be good news for me, if he got his Commission, and his Marching Orders, all at once
On 80 minutes Lairds received another blow when Hollett was given his marching orders, but they managed to hold on for a deserved point.
ague this ers RAMSEY got his marching orders in the 80th minute for a second booking as Arsenal were held.
BOOKMAKERS reported their worst result of the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday when presenter Rav Wilding, tipped by RPSPORT to go at 8-1, got his marching orders.
Clyde keeper David Hutton made a super stop to deny Craig Brewster before Brittain received his marching orders for kicking out at Marvyn Wilson in 27 minutes.
The game's key incident came in the ninth minute when Gary Croft handled in the area and was given his marching orders.
Carroll got his marching orders for lashing out at Andy Butler in the Lilywhites' 2-1 defeat and Simpson says: "I think Andy reacted to something that their player did to him.
Nieuwenhuis was given his marching orders by referee Alain Rolland, who had issued the Africans with two prior warnings over foul play.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men, with Trent McClenahan dismissed for a clumsy tackle that led to Iain Hume's spot-kick and Kisnorbo given his marching orders in the last minute following a push on Tim Sills.
Rooney's dismissal came after cynical protests from his Manchester Utd pal Ronaldo, who winked at team-mates as the striker received his marching orders.
Defender Atiba Charles got his marching orders in the 2-1 win over German provincial side St Pauli after retaliating at an over-the-top challenge.
The ex-Liverpool striker was given his marching orders for two bookable offences but refused to leave the pitch and twice made gestures towards referee Mike Riley.
But their hopes were dented when Darren Barnard received his marching orders for a second bookable offence 12 minutes from time.
Dublin initially refused to leave the pitch after getting his marching orders and then shouted ``cheat'' at television cameras before finally heading for the dressing rooms.
So his marching orders to the front office are straightforward: Spend what it takes, within reason, to re-sign George and fill out the roster, but don't go overboard.