marching orders


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march·ing orders

(mär′chĭng)
pl.n.
Orders to move on or depart.

marching orders

pl n
1. (Military) military orders, esp to infantry, giving instructions about a march, its destination, etc
2. informal notice of dismissal, esp from employment
3. informal the instruction to proceed with a task

march′ing or`ders


n.pl.
1. orders to start out or move on.
2. notice of dismissal, as from a job.
[1770–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marching orders - (informal) a notice of dismissal or dischargemarching orders - (informal) a notice of dismissal or discharge
dismission, pink slip, dismissal - official notice that you have been fired from your job
2.marching orders - an order from a superior officer for troops to departmarching orders - an order from a superior officer for troops to depart
order - (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed; "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"
Translations

marching orders

[ˈmɑːtʃɪŋ ˈɔːdəz] npl (Mil) → ordini mpl di partenza
to give sb his marching orders (fig) → dare il benservito a qn
References in classic literature ?
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.
Here are, in its own words, the marching orders of this Company: "To connect one or more points in each and every city, town, or place an the State of New York, with one or more points in each and every other city, town, or place in said State, and in each and every other of the United States, and in Canada, and Mexico; and each and every of said cities, towns, and places is to be connected with each and every other city, town, or place in said States and countries, and also by cable and other appropriate means with the rest of the known world.
We are going to hunt him out, sir--the Duke's in Belgium already, and we expect marching orders every day.
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 kings who were used to the comforts of a throne, of course, objected to be lugged off, so we had marching orders.
I see my way plainly so far; but I am all abroad, as we used to say in the militia, about my marching orders afterward.
Though the words of the order were not clear to the regimental commander, and the question arose whether the troops were to be in marching order or not, it was decided at a consultation between the battalion commanders to present the regiment in parade order, on the principle that it is always better to "bow too low than not bow low enough.
Though the aide-de-camp did not know these circumstances, he nevertheless delivered the definite order that the men should be in their greatcoats and in marching order, and that the commander in chief would otherwise be dissatisfied.
Below, on the downs, the column was forming in marching order, and as the two rode out to join it the little old man turned to Norman of Torn, saying,
I was by this time afraid of but one thing in the world; and that was to be set back upon the rock; anything else was welcome to me; so we got ourselves at once in marching order, and began to slip from rock to rock one after the other, now crawling flat on our bellies in the shade, now making a run for it, heart in mouth.
When the prudent Mrs Chivery perceived that in addition to these adornments her John carried a pair of white kid gloves, and a cane like a little finger-post, surmounted by an ivory hand marshalling him the way that he should go; and when she saw him, in this heavy marching order, turn the corner to the right; she remarked to Mr Chivery, who was at home at the time, that she thought she knew which way the wind blew.