marching orders

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɑɹtʃɪŋˌɔɹɾɹ̩z/

Noun[edit]

marching orders (plural only)

  1. Instructions for action.
    I get my marching orders directly from the president.
  2. (idiomatic) Dismissal: an instruction to leave.
    • 2011 October 20, Michael da Silva, “Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv”, BBC Sport:
      Riled by a decision that went against him, Ziv kicked his displaced boot at the assistant referee and, after a short consultation between the officials, he was given his marching orders and the loudest cheer of the night.

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