Amanpour's tall order is to bring in enough viewers to hoist This Week back into the competitive ranks.
With a list of ingredients that includes 10 whole grains, agave fiber and probiotics, it started out as a tall order.
It really isn't a tall order to scare Americans these days, and in particular our delicate representatives in Washington.
This is a tall order, especially for a president even Sen. Dianne Feinstein calls “too cautious.”
We were given a reprieve but it was still quite a tall order.
"That's a tall order for one man," Jason said calmly—much calmer than he really felt.
“A tall order that,” said Cleek with one of his curious, one-sided smiles.
"That is rather a tall order, Prince," rejoined Nugent, watching the other narrowly.
A tall order indeed, all had to pack up and stow away what we were leaving behind.
Two men being killed on one horse seems rather a tall order, yet it is perfectly true.
early 13c., "body of persons living under a religious discipline," from Old French ordre "position, estate; rule, regulation; religious order" (11c.), from earlier ordene, from Latin ordinem (nominative ordo) "row, rank, series, arrangement," originally "a row of threads in a loom," from Italic root *ord- "to arrange, arrangement" (cf. ordiri "to begin to weave," e.g. in primordial), of unknown origin.
Meaning "a rank in the (secular) community" is first recorded c.1300; meaning "command, directive" is first recorded 1540s, from the notion of "to keep in order." Military and honorary orders grew our of the fraternities of Crusader knights. Business and commerce sense is attested from 1837. In natural history, as a classification of living things, it is first recorded 1760. Meaning "condition of a community which is under the rule of law" is from late 15c.
Phrase in order to (1650s) preserves etymological notion of "sequence." The word reflects a medieval notion: "a system of parts subject to certain uniform, established ranks or proportions," and was used of everything from architecture to angels. Old English expressed many of the same ideas with endebyrdnes. In short order "without delay" is from 1834, American English; order of battle is from 1769.
c.1200, "give order to, to arrange in order," from order (n.). Meaning "to give orders for or to" is from 1540s. Related: Ordered; ordering.
order or·der (ôr'dər)
A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
A group of organisms ranking above a family and below a class. See Table at taxonomy.
In biology, the classification lower than a class and higher than a family. Dogs and cats belong to the order of carnivores; human beings, monkeys, and apes belong to the order of primates. Flies and mosquitoes belong to the same order; so do birch trees and oak trees. (See Linnean classification.)
A difficult assignment or task: a tall order for a newbie