Definition of marching orders in English:

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marching orders

plural noun

1Instructions from a superior officer for troops to depart.
Example sentences
  • In February and March, thousands of the over 70,000 American soldiers stationed in Germany received their marching orders for the Gulf.
  • I remain close with them, and as the unit received its marching orders a few called me to express their frustration.
  • Uncertain of their next move, they received marching orders from a column of riflemen shouting ‘To the Tuileries!’
1.1 informal A dismissal or sending off: the ref called me over and gave me my marching orders
More example sentences
  • City's misery was all but sealed on 71 minutes when Edmondson received his marching orders for an unsavoury outburst directed at the referee's assistant.
  • Local controversial unicity mayor Peter Marais received his marching orders from the Democratic Alliance yesterday after a day of drama that saw him walk out of a meeting of party bosses.
  • Never one to evade a fight, the tough Scot began trading blows with Keegan, who had received his marching orders in a pre-season friendly against Kaiserslautern only four days earlier.

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Syllabification: march·ing or·ders

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