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Origin of standing order
Words nearby standing order
British Dictionary definitions for standing orders
Cultural definitions for standing orders
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.”
Idioms and Phrases with standing orders
A regulation that is in force until it is specifically changed or withdrawn, as in The waiters have standing orders to fill all glasses as they are emptied.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.