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sealed orders

plural noun
1.
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.
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  • If those said circumstances do not arise, then the sealed orders are destroyed.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • As I do not desire my second in command to know too much, I gave him sealed orders.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • 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
  • But I thought you had read the sealed orders to us before, Captain Passford.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • "sealed orders, as I supposed you would have," said Captain Passford.

    On The Blockade 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
  • You have heard of sealed orders, not to be opened till a certain point has been reached in a voyage or a march?

    Willing to Die Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Our sealed orders were opened, and proved our destination to be the West Indies, as we expected.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • The next day the captain came on board with sealed orders, with directions not to open them until off Ushant.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for sealed orders

sealed orders

plural noun
1.
written instructions that are not to be read until a specified time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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