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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. 2017.
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  • The standing order shall regulate all questions of the validity of resolutions.

    The New Germany George Young
  • Steel helmets and gas helmets are the standing order for us when on duty.

  • Connelly did not understand, but there was Foley's standing order, "Watch me, an' do the same."

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • Publicity may be suspended by standing order in particular discussions.

    The New Germany George Young
  • The police have a standing order to arrest any person who speaks to the Emperor in the promenade at the Public Garden.

  • Grazing is now practically a standing order in all spare time.

    In the Ranks of the C.I.V. Erskine Childers
  • Inky blackness everywhere, for the Hun bombed the place nightly, and "No lights" was a standing order.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • In 1880 the Speaker was given the power to repress disorder, now embodied, with subsequent modifications, in standing order 18.

  • I fancy there must have been a standing order to that effect.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • The chef of a certain hotel noted for planked whitefish gave a standing order for fish of a certain size.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
British Dictionary definitions for standing order

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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Idioms and Phrases with standing order

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A regulation that is in force until it is specifically changed or withdrawn, as in The waiters have standing orders to fill all glasses as they are emptied.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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