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orderly room

noun
1.
the administrative office of a small military unit.
Origin of orderly room
1975-1980
probably earlier than 1975-80
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Examples from the Web for orderly room
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  • We were enjoying our dinner when an orderly summoned me to the orderly room.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • At that very moment there was an officers' meeting in the orderly room.

  • In the orderly room he holds you from him; in the mess he pulls you to him.

  • He and the colonel were in the orderly room, as the office of a regiment is called.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • At ten-thirty I reported to the orderly room to attend Scotty's trial.

    S.O.S. Stand to! Reginald Grant
  • Hamilton assented gravely, and Bones went to the door of the orderly room and roared a name.

  • At the orderly room door he waited a small eternity before his name was called.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • But it is not the wet canteen that is chiefly responsible for the growing crime-sheet and orderly room parade.

  • After handing over the books and papers in connection with the orderly room, I resumed my duties at the brigade office.

    A Soldier's Life Edwin G. Rundle
  • She sends her prophetic look around the orderly room and the, to her, inconceivable quiet.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
British Dictionary definitions for orderly room

orderly room

noun
1.
(military) a room in the barracks of a battalion or company used for general administrative purposes
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