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.
See also: of, order

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.
See also: of, order
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Sit down and write out the order of the day for tomorrow.
While Kutuzov was talking to Raevski and dictating the order of the day, Wolzogen returned from Barclay and said that General Barclay wished to have written confirmation of the order the field marshal had given.
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.
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.
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.
Thus there is a natural association of ideas between the secret military documents and the Islamic world, at a time when political will, the power of the media, and distrust among cultures are the order of the day.
Welcome to the lean world where change is the order of the day and 20- or 30-year-old paradigms must be thrown out.
Raunch was often the order of the day, [including] jokes that centered on the possibility that any one of us might be gay.
Michael Henry Adams states, "as Harlem grew and real-estate speculation became the order of the day, the dollar value of land became paramount in developers' eyes long before any actual profits had been realized.
Carefully crafted prayers might be the order of the day.
In a period when isolation and concerted attempts at conversion were the order of the day, the very existence of this office seems anomalous; but Jewish notaries existed, kept records in Hebrew, and served as the backbone of Jewish self-rule.
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