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order of the day Syllabification: or·der of the day

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of order of the day in English:


(the order of the day)
1The prevailing state of things: confusion would seem to be the order of the day
More example sentences
  • As for Sunday, hiding from the sun and cleaning were the orders of the day.
  • In the old economy, where stability and predictability were the orders of the day, people with ‘relations’ in their titles proliferated.
  • Surveillance and severe censorship were the orders of the day.
2Something that is required or recommended: on Sundays, a black suit was the order of the day
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  • A televised meeting at Sandown in the afternoon, featuring a £100,000 race, and a popular evening fixture at Beverley is the recommended order of the day for racing fans tomorrow.
  • The flat court shoes I wore to match my work suit did not quite go with the dress-down order of the day.
3A program or agenda.
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