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follow orders

To act in accordance with the instructions that one has been given. Ma'am, I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just following orders from my superior—we need to search this property.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I recall talking to an erstwhile master sergeant in the Marine Corps in 1995 in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, who was demoted to corporal (four ranks down) because he followed orders his superior officers.
ANTHONY STOKES followed orders yesterday when he was told: "Don't touch the cup."
Although Prince William (and Harry) have been afforded ample opportunity to serve their country, whereas their peers have unquestionably followed orders to serve tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, neither Prince William nor Harry have done likewise.
Infamous lethario Russell Brand has reportedly followed orders by his wife-to-be Katy Perry and sold his London bachelor pad.
The head count followed orders by Home Secretary John Reid for a full audit on foreign nationals released from prisons here and in Scotland.
Takuya does not consider himself to be a war criminal--he had followed orders and had disposed of flyers from an enemy country that had dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and had fire-bombed other cities such as Tokyo and Osaka, killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians.
Taisei will also build four subway stations and connecting tracks, the report said, adding the new order followed orders last year to build a highway in Slovakia and an oil terminal in Iran.
"The speed up of this machine followed orders booked.
Klink blindly followed orders and acted reflexively.
Ryan, who performed his patriotic duty, should have followed orders requiring his immediate evacuation, but that Spielberg should alter history for a variety of ends, some dramatic and commercially motivated, others ideological and politically self-serving.
The appeals court held that the sheriff and senior deputy, who knew of a prior suicide under similar circumstances, could have been found to have acted with deliberate indifference to the arrestee's known suicidal tendencies, but that a newly-hired deputy who only followed orders which were not facially outrageous, was entitled to qualified immunity.
It believed in its country and followed orders. It went to work.
Security chief John Morgan insisted former referee George Morrison followed orders when he raced from the back of the stand to confront Strachan and assistant Garry Pendrey after fans protested about "inflammatory gestures" made from their bench.
Although it may have come as a shock to Lib Dems, it would have been an even greater shock for ambitious New Labour MPs who have dutifully followed orders from Brown and Blair, only to see their chances of promotion scuppered because Brown simply doesn't rate them.