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general order

noun, Military.. Usually, general orders
any one of a set of permanent orders from a headquarters establishing policy for a command or announcing official acts.
any one of a set of permanent orders governing the duties and behavior of sentries on routine guard duty.
Compare special order.
Origin of general order
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why not simply issue a general order that you intend to do this?

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Washington, in a general order, thanked both of the officers.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • To these men was read his general order, preparing their minds for action.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • On the morning of the seventeenth there was read a general order.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He had now the latter's general order, and he was almost a day behind.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The general order, since the whole began, Is kept in nature, and is kept in man.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • Saxton's first general order, announcing his arrival, is dated June 28.

  • Preserve your faith in the Oil Exchange and the general order.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol

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