marching orders


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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

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

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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"Iyan po ang marching orders ng Presidente sa prosecution panel and that's why I think iyong pagpapatawag sa kanila is pursuant to the marching order of the President (Those are the marching orders of the President to the prosecution panel; and that's why I think their being called is pursuant to the marching order of the President)," Roque had said.
"That is the marching orders of the president to the prosecution panel and that's why I think the meeting is pursuant to the marching order of the president," he added.
'Kung bibigyan nya kami ng marching orders, ipapatupad po namin 'yan,' Castriciones said.
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