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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David Sommers, a spokesman for Knabe, said Rew is an independent member of the commission, and does not take marching orders from the supervisor's office.
But their hopes were dented when Darren Barnard received his marching orders for a second bookable offence 12 minutes from time.
The pub's owner, Spirit Group, was left red-faced by the gaffe and was given its marching orders by a Birmingham licensing committee.
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Five nuisance families were given their marching orders while a further 15 received final warnings about their behaviour.
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Afraid of being abandoned by the one healing institution in our community, we sit on our hands as our ministers berate us week after week To stop these attacks, we must take back our churches and challenge black ministers who take their marching orders from white bigots.