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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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[4] The thirteen species belong to the following orders: -- In the Coleoptera, a minute Elater; Orthoptera, a Gryllus and a Blatta; Hemiptera, one species; Homoptera, two; Neuroptera a Chrysopa; Hymenoptera, two ants; Lepidoptera nocturna, a Diopaea, and a Pterophorus (?); Diptera, two species.
I found a dispatch blank in the cabin and wrote the following order:
At half past nine in the morning the procession approached the field of Plessis-Piquet in the following order: first came our carriage--nobody in it but M.
That I call stupidity." As the haughty nephew did not follow, he continued, "You only care about the' things that you can use, and therefore arrange them in the following order: Money, supremely useful; intellect, rather useful; imagination, of no use at all.
But in this I have adopted the following order: first, I have essayed to find in general the principles, or first causes of all that is or can be in the world, without taking into consideration for this end anything but God himself who has created it, and without educing them from any other source than from certain germs of truths naturally existing in our minds In the second place, I examined what were the first and most ordinary effects that could be deduced from these causes; and it appears to me that, in this way, I have found heavens, stars, an earth, and even on the earth water, air, fire, minerals, and some other things of this kind, which of all others are the most common and simple, and hence the easiest to know.
The course of events had marched in the following order. When Lebedeff returned, in company with the general, after their expedition to town a few days since, for the purpose of investigation, he brought the prince no information whatever.
Then he lit a cigarette and smoked it in ruminant manner; eventually he took out a notebook and wrote down various phrases, numbering and renumbering them till they stood in the following order: "(1) Squire Hawker disliked his first wife.
But short as it was, I had the time to think several thoughts in, as far as I can remember, the following order: 'This can't be the carpenter--What is it?--Some accident--Submarine volcano?--Coals, gas!--By Jove!
Rawal zone SP Asif Masood ordered lodging a case against Hasnain in Sadiqabad police station following orders from CPO Faisal Rana.
Following orders of Chief Executive PESCO, the Task Forces are taking strict actions against illegal use of electricity and recovery of outstanding dues and recovered Rs1,340,000 from defaulters.
SSP conducted open Court following orders of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar.
17 (Petra) - Following orders of His Majesty King Abdullah and his diligent follow-up, the government and security agencies managed to repatriate the main suspect in the "tobacco case" Awni Mutee, through continuing monitoring, communication and coordination with concerned Turkish authorities.
KARACHI -- Shahrukh Jatoi was shifted to the death cell at the Central Jail on Saturday following orders by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar to concerned authorities.
Arturo Enrile why officers who took part in the failed power grab were reinstated and even promoted while the enlisted men, who were just following orders, were dismissed or demoted.
A one-day ban was imposed on swimming at all of Kara-chi's beaches on Sunday following orders by Mayor Waseem Akhtar.The prohibition of swim-ming at Karachi's beaches came under Section 144 by the Mayor of the me-tropolis,Waseem Akhtar.Cautioning the citizens to be careful, the mayor warned of high waves and strong winds that are ex-pected to hit the coastal area today.'Special care should be taken of children when visiting the beaches,' he stated.