the order of the day

the order of the day

Something that is a priority in a certain situation or at a given time. If you're taking the kids to the beach, then sunscreen is the order of the day. While you're in college, studying is the order of the day, not socializing!
See also: of, order

order of the day

something necessary or usual at a certain time. Warm clothes are the order of the day when camping in the winter. Going to bed early was the order of the day when we were young.
See also: of, order

the order of the day

COMMON If something is the order of the day, it is what is happening or necessary in a particular situation. Wage cuts were the order of the day owing to the government's economic measures. Informality is the order of the day among all the Princess's household.
See also: of, order

the order of the day

1 the prevailing state of things. 2 something that is required or recommended.
2 2001 Rural Cooperatives Mergers and consolidations have been the order of the day among cooperatives that are faced with the declining number of producers and rising energy-based and other costs.
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the ˌorder of the ˈday

what is normally done, etc. or should be done in a particular situation; the usual attitudes, beliefs, etc. of a particular group of people: Dinner jackets and evening dresses are the order of the day at these parties.
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It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day.
We gazed helplessly at the systematic, cold, gray-eyed obstinacy of the Easterly weather, while short rations became the order of the day, and the pinch of hunger under the breast-bone grew familiar to every sailor in that held-up fleet.
dear Monsieur d'Artagnan, the order of the day is not to allow any person to remain in this corridor; I am on guard for that particular purpose.
The order of the day had been carefully arranged by a committee.
these are no thoughts for the present times, when muskets, standards, proclamations, and beating of drums are the order of the day.
The Silva tribe, however, stanchly defended him, fighting more than one pitched battle for his honor, and black eyes and bloody noses became quite the order of the day and added to Maria's perplexities and troubles.
In the Order of the Day, HM the King said that the commemoration of the 55th comes after decencies of sacrifice and devotion by the members of the Royal Armed Forces in defending the homeland, protecting its citizens and safeguarding its sacred values.
CDATA[ Wary caution is the order of the day in the Golan Heights, in light of Netanyahu's apparent readiness to enter into negotiations with Syria.
FUN, games and prizes are the order of the day this weekend for visitors to a Stockton church thanks to a charity coffee morning.
Girl power was the order of the day on the Surrey track, with Kirsty Milczarek keeping up her bid to be the winter's top rider with a third win in a row on Mutamaasek for Lady Heeries.
This nostalgic Plate Day view of the North Road at Gosforth was taken in an era when ankle-length skirts for woman and bowler hats and cutaway coats for men were the order of the day.
Bagpipes and Highland dress were the order of the day for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the American-Scottish Foundation at the annual Wallace Award Dinner presided over by Foundation president Alan L.
Plus, fins were the order of the day, and--in 1972--giant "Leisure-Mobiles" with modular power units hauled the family and a sizable speedboat in a package reminiscent of GM's "Parade of Progress" truck fleet.
2 -- color) Hairspray was the order of the day for Helena Bonham Carter, arriving with Tim Burton, who apparently had coiffeur issues of his own.
He feels invisible but lucky because he is here and not in Algiers where terror is the order of the day.
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