follow orders


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follow orders

to do as one has been instructed. You have to learn to follow orders if you want to be a Marine. I didn't do anything wrong. I was only following orders.
See also: follow, order
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I didn't do anything but follow orders given to me.
They learn that if they follow orders, their life will be calmer," says one sergeant, offering a rationale the recruits are never privy to.
Worse than that, they tend to follow orders so rigidly - blindly acquiescing to obvious programming mistakes - that they sometimes resemble the brooms used by the sorcerer's apprentice in the Walt Disney film Fantasia, endlessly repeating a process no matter how ridiculous or destructive the outcome.
In his attempts to reform the town and bring democracy to the people by treating them with respect and decency, Joppolo comes into conflict with his commanding officer, a hard-nosed general who eventually has Joppolo transferred because of his refusal to follow orders.
Software improvements now allow a retailer to better follow orders through the entire process of shipping merchandise directly from a vendor to a consumer.
The message is clear: lowly soldiers should not follow orders from superiors because they (superiors) will walk free and you will take the fall, Olalia said.
Almost 200 men, many of them Scots, were court martialled, jailed and stripped of their medals for refusing to follow orders when they landed at Salerno, Italy, in 1943.
I don't believe the personnel that refused to follow orders should be catered to.
They have told Israel's air force commander of their decision by letter - and now could face jail for failing to follow orders.
In the world of triumphant global capitalism, the small countries line up for handouts at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, then meekly follow orders.
Each one tests the pilot's ability to listen, remember, fly and follow orders.
The conflict here is whether Picard will rebel against Federation policy to save his 300-year-old girlfriend Anij (Donna Murphy) and her people, or follow orders that paradoxically countermand the Prime Directive of noninterference with indigenous cultures.
The Best New Product was Micropets, tiny toys that interact with each other and follow orders.