a set of fixed instructions or steps for carrying out usually routine operations. Abbreviation: SOP
- Also called standing operating procedure.
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How to use standard operating procedure in a sentence
Different places have different levels of BSL-3 containment operations, standard operating procedures, and protective gear.“We never created a supervirus.” Ralph Baric explains gain-of-function research. | Rowan Jacobsen | July 26, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
To give us a common platform to develop tactics, techniques and procedures and standard operating procedures.This robotic stretcher could transport wounded Marines off future battlefields | Rob Verger | July 19, 2021 | Popular-Science
“Today, cases are investigated by detectives in accordance with standard operating procedures that are similar to those used by peers in surrounding jurisdictions,” according to the statement.Metro Transit Police can’t document whether officers investigated thousands of reported crimes, watchdog says | Justin George, Michael Laris | July 1, 2021 | Washington Post
It is as thoroughly understandable as it seems, tragically, like the new standard operating procedure for clubs.Small Sample Sizes Be Damned, Let’s Talk About Baseball | Sarah Shachat | April 13, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
It’s unfair how quickly we move on, but it’s standard operating procedure for professional sports.John Wall gave the Wizards their last great memory. Then it all fell apart. | Jerry Brewer | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
That was standard operating procedure in the neighborhood at the time.
For his booking-agent friend, however, the situation was standard operating procedure.
This, in itself, is standard operating procedure for any news channel.
But what was considered extreme and nutty then is standard operating procedure today.The Fight Over Unemployment Benefits Underscores the Right’s Extremism | Michael Tomasky | January 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then each change became standard operating procedure for both Democrats and Republicans.
And that you would be expected to put into operation such standard operating procedure?Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
As I understand it, your comment is that what you did was standard operating procedure?Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy