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Marching orders   /mˈɑrtʃɪŋ ˈɔrdərz/   Listen
Marching orders

(informal) a notice of dismissal or discharge.  Synonym: walking papers.
An order from a superior officer for troops to depart.

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"Marching orders" Quotes from Famous Books

... to be proud of the men, and that he had heard nothing but good words spoken of them since they went into the trenches with his men. He invited me to luncheon next day. Late that night, however, I received my marching orders for next day, which precluded the possibility of accepting his kind invitation. I was to go next day to a conference at the headquarters of the Seventh Division, the Guards and the Gordons whose trenches we are to take ...
— The Red Watch - With the First Canadian Division in Flanders • J. A. Currie

... this, then," he said at length. "You have raised a body of men who are waiting marching orders. What next, Mr. Garvald?" ...
— Salute to Adventurers • John Buchan

... the subject, but he was already planning his departure. The Governor had bidden him follow Congdon and here were his marching orders. The prospect of playing the spy upon Congdon had grown no less disagreeable since the Governor had told him that this was to be his next duty. The only thing that reconciled him to the unattractive task was the assurance that Congdon would set out ...
— Blacksheep! Blacksheep! • Meredith Nicholson

... approve of it," said young Ronald Ingram; "therefore she is generally given marching orders and departs to her next visit before the event. But no one can accompany Madame Velma so perfectly, so this time she is commanded to stay. But I doubt if the 'surprise packet' will come off with quite such a shock as usual, ...
— The Rosary • Florence L. Barclay

... morning he came in looking somewhat flushed and excited, and said: "Sister, we have got our marching orders; we leave on Thursday, and I have only three days to be with you. I am sorry that I have seen so little of you, but my country calls me, and when she is in danger it is no time for me to seek ...
— Minnie's Sacrifice • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

... in a voice which insisted upon being cheery, "marching orders, eh? Marching orders! Break up camp! boot, saddle, to horse and away! Forces to march in different directions, by order of the commander-in-chief." But the next moment he added, in an altered tone: "My girl, mamma knows best; remember that! She is ...
— Queen Hildegarde • Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

... Our marching orders came within the next few days. Each unit was provided with portable bridges, which were carried under the wagon bodies, and this, and several other preparations, gave us a good indication that we were out for business. A ...
— Three years in France with the Guns: - Being Episodes in the life of a Field Battery • C. A. Rose

... and two days after came down again to "The Green Hart" to say good-bye. He had got his marching orders and was to sail in the Somali from Southampton. Some fifteen hundred civilians and officers serving in India were sailing by that ...
— Jan and Her Job • L. Allen Harker

Words linked to "Marching orders" :   dismissal, order, dismission, pink slip

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