What's the drill?

What's the drill?

What is the standard way that something needs to happen or function? A: "Hey, I'm new here. What's the drill when something like this happens?" B: "Oh, don't worry about it. Just stay at your desk until the quarantine is lifted." So, what's the drill for getting a new permit?
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What's the drill?

 
1. Inf. What is going on here? Bill: I just came in. What's the drill? Tom: We have to carry all this stuff out to the truck. "What's the drill?" asked Mary. "Why are all these people sitting around like this?"
2. Inf. What are the rules and procedures for doing this? Bill: I need to apply for new license plates. What's the drill? Is there a lot of paperwork? Clerk: Yes, there is. Bill: I have to get my computer repaired. Who do I talk to? What's the drill? Bob: You have to get a purchase order from Fred.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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