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standing order

Military. (formerly) a general order always in force in a command and establishing uniform procedures for it; standard operating procedure.
standing orders, Parliamentary Procedure. the rules ensuring continuity of procedure during the meetings of an assembly.
Origin of standing order
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for standing orders
Historical Examples
  • Read out your standing orders, and preach, if you will, explaining the matter.

    The Carbonels Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I told him the standing orders of the trenches were that we must use our side arms.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Explain, and give an example of the use of, standing orders.

  • He has standing orders and can trust to his nation for support of his acts.

    By-Ways of War

    James Jeffrey Roche
  • The Reichsrat shall regulate its procedure by standing orders.

    The New Germany George Young
  • The standing orders of the House were declared to have been complied with.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • His doorkeeper had standing orders never to delay from one day to another any message asking for the saving of life.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The standing orders differ from the rules of legislative bodies in some other countries in two important respects.

  • The second peculiarity of the standing orders lies in the fact that they can be suspended by a simple majority vote.

  • The examiner certifies that the standing orders have been followed, or reports in what respect they have been disregarded.

British Dictionary definitions for standing orders

standing order

Also called banker's order. an instruction to a bank by a depositor to pay a stated sum at regular intervals Compare direct debit
a rule or order governing the procedure, conduct, etc, of a legislative body
(military) one of a number of orders which have or are likely to have long-term validity
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standing orders in Culture

standing orders definition

Orders that remain in effect until they are specifically changed: “During the year in which the troops occupied the town, they were under standing orders not to fire unless fired upon.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Idioms and Phrases with standing orders

standing order

A regulation that is in force until it is specifically changed or withdrawn, as in The waiters have standing orders to fill all glasses as they are emptied. This idiom began life in the mid-1600s as standing rule; the word order began to be used about 1800 for such military orders and gradually was extended to other areas.
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