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(one's) marching orders

1. A command or direction to advance, progress, or move on. (Usually used with "get" or "give.") We were waiting for the project leader to give us our marching orders before we began development of the next iteration of the software. Bill had been living in his parents' house for nearly a year without working when he finally got his marching orders to move out.
2. A notice of dismissal from one's employment. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that I'm going to get my marching orders any day now. The boss gave Daniel his marching orders for arriving to work drunk.
See also: marche, order
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marching orders

AMERICAN
Your marching orders are the instructions that you are given in order to carry out a plan or achieve an aim. As one White House official put it, `We're still waiting for our marching orders.' Program executives have new marching orders for Hollywood producers. Note: The above expressions relate to the army. When soldiers are given marching orders, they are ordered to march to a particular place.
See also: marche, order
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

marching orders

a dismissal or sending off.
In military terminology, marching orders are literally instructions from a superior officer for troops to depart. The North American version of the idiom is marching papers .
See also: marche, order
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These gambling games were kept up throughout the night; every fire glared upon a group that looked like a crew of maniacs at their frantic orgies, and the scene would have been kept up throughout the succeeding day, had not Captain Bonneville interposed his authority, and, at the usual hour, issued his marching orders.
"He's a very good fellow," said Arthur: "but I confess it would be good news for me, if he got his Commission, and his Marching Orders, all at once!
The new Customs Collector said his marching orders here would be to fight corruption inside the Bureau.
Shelvey was given his marching orders for a stamp on Dele Alli but Toon boss Benitez claimed Kane's challenge on Florian Lejeune was worse, yet the Spurs striker escaped with just a yellow card.
On 80 minutes Lairds received another blow when Hollett was given his marching orders, but they managed to hold on for a deserved point.
But Dons boss Craig Brown blasted Goian for his reaction and insisted that it helped get the Kiwi his marching orders in the 2-1 defeat at Pittodrie.
The Magpies are precariously placed in League One despite showing better form under Ince than they did under Craig Short, who got his marching orders in October.
Chevanton was dismissed after blatantly kicking out at Guido Marilungo after his appeals for a penalty were rejected at the other end and threw down his shirt once given his marching orders.
Loud-mouth Vlastimir Vuckovic was given his marching orders by rail bosses just ve minutes after appearing on a TV confessions show bragging about romping with a passenger as his train sped between Nis and Belgrade.
However, Kelly is no better than evens to get his marching orders next weekend.
This season's reverse fixture at Goodison Park ended goalless, with Chelsea captain John Terry receiving his marching orders in the first half as his side's 100 per cent away record came to an end.
The visitors' cause was hampered when Rob Atkinson was given his marching orders for a professional foul on Peter Thorne with only 20 minutes gone.
Carroll got his marching orders for lashing out at Andy Butler in the Lilywhites' 2-1 defeat and Simpson says: "I think Andy reacted to something that their player did to him.
Rooney's dismissal came after cynical protests from his Manchester Utd pal Ronaldo, who winked at team-mates as the striker received his marching orders.