marching orders


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms.

(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 periodicals archive ?
Dyer was the major protagonist, creating an opening, scoring and receiving his marching orders within an eight-minute spell.
And the Hammers' agony was complete when Lomas got his marching orders at the death for serious foul play.
My marching orders for 1999 are to expand Guardian's revenue base through a combination of internal growth and acquisition.
Drewe Broughton and David Galbraith received their marching orders in the final six minutes, but Anthony Elding's first-half strike proved enough to win it for Boston and move them away from the drop zone.
But the same player received his marching orders after 61 minutes following a deliberate handball which gave Colchester a penalty.
Loving mom to her precocious, Nixon-obsessed 10-year-old Ty (the winning Tyler Garcia Posey), the Bronx beauty is also a perfectly efficient chambermaid on the top floors of Midtown's Beresford Hotel (actually the Waldorf-Astoria), where the marching orders are to cater to guests' every need while striving to be invisible.
McGinlay got his marching orders from referee Willie Young for a clash with Stephen Glass in the 2- 1 defeat by the Dons.
said: "The marching orders from George Mitchell were to find a buyer who would maintain the quality of life or improve it.
STEFAN OAKES struck a stunning leveller to keep Wycombe in the hunt - and then got his marching orders.
Boston's chances of grabbing an equaliser faded after Lee Beevers received his marching orders with just under 20 minutes remaining after a foul on Patrick McCourt.
It is a new world at UCLA now, with a new order and new marching orders.
Oakes struck a stunning second-half free kick to keep his side in the hunt - and then got his marching orders.
With 10 minutes left, Conlon was given his marching orders having handled in the area and Beagrie made no mistake from the spot.
Dramatic doesn't have to mean dark and depressing, and while it might have conflicted with fundamental marching orders, if even a serious dragon movie can't get a little lighthearted with the intrinsically silly material, then why light the fire at all?