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sealed orders

plural noun
written orders or instructions that are not to be looked at until a specified time, especially orders that are given in sealed form to a commander of a vessel to be opened after the vessel is out of contact with the shore. Unabridged
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  • The Thisbe at length sailed with sealed orders, though still short handed.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • The sealed orders were to be opened on the 13th, and on that day the stroke was to be dealt.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Our destination was a secret, as our captain sailed with sealed orders, to be opened when off that island.

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • But I thought you had read the sealed orders to us before, Captain Passford.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • But Corny had the sealed orders of the flag-officer, and I heard Mr. Galvinne read them.

    Stand By The Union Oliver Optic
  • Each man simply nodded gravely and then went up to the table to collect his sealed orders.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • "Now, there's one more thing I'd better mention, though you'll find it included in your sealed orders," he said.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • The next day the captain came on board with sealed orders, with directions not to open them until off Ushant.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • All were to follow the flagship, and in event of separation to refer to sealed orders with which each was provided.

  • Now he was to enjoy a command independent of the admiralty and their sealed orders, admirals, or senior captains.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for sealed orders

sealed orders

plural noun
written instructions that are not to be read until a specified time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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