marching orders

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marching orders an order from a superior officer for troops to depart
    • n marching orders (informal) a notice of dismissal or discharge
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.”

Usage

In literature:

As early as September 8th, there was a test "turn-out" of the Squadron in full marching order, with guns on packs.
"Through Palestine with the 20th Machine Gun Squadron" by Unknown
In this order they marched about half a league out of town, to the place appointed to meet the Prince, who was there attending.
"A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II." by Bulstrode Whitelocke
General Twiggs was ordered to march to Perote.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
He immediately sent to Bagration and Wittgenstein sealed marching orders.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
We were lined up again in the twilight to receive marching orders.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
When within two days' march of Badajos, an orderly brought a note from the marshal, requesting him to ride forward at once.
"In the Irish Brigade" by G. A. Henty
But the most amusing thing of all was to watch the "Tommies" when I gave them the order to march.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
Three hours' rest was given the troops, and then they marched out, in order of battle.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
I have ordered them to march around Baltimore.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
He ordered the cannon to be nailed up, and marched to Saragossa, from whence he retired to Catalonia.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
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In poetry:

"Wouldst cheer the hosts of heaven;
For Anglo-Israel, lo!
Is marching under orders;
His hand averts the blow."
"The United States To Great Britain" by Mary Baker Eddy
Where are we bound?
To the snow-swept River Gan.
Yesterday the order was given,
One hundred thousand workers and peasants march to Ji'an.
"On the Guangchang Road" by Mao Zedong
When the brown soldiers come back from the borders,
How will he look while his features they scan?
How will he feel when he gets marching orders,
Signed by his lady love? sweet little man!
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then they boldly advanced in very grand style,
And encouraged by their leaders all the while;
And their marching in skirmishing order was beautiful to see,
As they advanced boldly to attack the enemy.
"The Battle of Glencoe" by William Topaz McGonagall
Oh! wae be to the orders that march'd my luve awa',
And wae be to the cruel cause that gars my tears down fa',
Oh! wae be to the bluidy wars in Hie Germanie,
For they hae ta'en my luve, and left a broken heart to me.
"Wae Be To The Orders" by William Motherwell
Then a complete rout ensued, and the Earl of Mar pursued them half-a-mile;
Then he ordered his men to halt and rest a while,
Until he should put them into order right speedily,
Then follow the enemy at the double-march and complete the victory.
"The Battle of Sheriffmuir" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

(MoneyWatch) "Mobile first" has become the marching orders for many companies.
It can be pre-ordered now and will hit stores on March 16.
He has been an active member of Junior Order since March 1973.
Today we look at the challenges which are more political than procedural or policy-related and must overcome in order to enact a bill by March 31.
There were new floats, marching bands and smiles warmer than the made-to-order weather Thursday on - 10:11 pm.
Defining police orders, environmentalists recently marched up a logging road in the Olympic National Forest.
Marching orders for the people's representatives.
Here are your marching orders .
Crocco has been dean of education since March 2011Of 65 faculty ballots that were returned, 44 expressed no confidence in CroccoTwo high-ranking university officials ordered unfavorable comments about Crocco destroyed .
MACON — Ten condemned prisoners were marched to a pasture a half-mile south of town, blindfolded, ordered to kneel and executed by firing squads.
The College's protocols for cancer reporting were never intended to be marching orders.
Orders for long-lasting goods plunge in March.
US orders for long-lasting goods plunge in March.
MACON — Ten condemned prisoners were marched to a pasture a half-mile south of town, blindfolded, ordered to kneel and executed by firing squads.
Haggard will play his hits at Heritage Hall on at 6 pm March 16, but tickets are in high demand so those interested are encouraged to order quickly.
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In science:

Courcelle, Linear delay enumeration and monadic second-order logic, March 2006, to appear in Discrete Applied Mathematics.
A multivariate interlace polynomial
Semi-empirical relations between total energies and low-order ionization potentials were also evidenced by Pucci and March in Ref.
Koopmans' condition for density-functional theory
Hoover, “Third order tensors as operators on matrices: a theoretical and computational framework with applications in imaging”, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University, March 2011.
The Spectral Theory of Tensors (Rough Version)
Suppose the incoming data string consists of the twelve months of the year appearing in the following random order: July, September, December, May, April, February, January, October, November, March, June and August.
Extreme Value Statistics and Traveling Fronts: Various Applications
The binary search tree corresponding to the data string in the order: July, September, May, April, February, January, October, November, March, June, and August.
Extreme Value Statistics and Traveling Fronts: Various Applications
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