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noun
  1. Military. (formerly) a general order always in force in a command and establishing uniform procedures for it; standard operating procedure.
  2. standing orders, Parliamentary Procedure. the rules ensuring continuity of procedure during the meetings of an assembly.
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Origin of standing order

First recorded in 1730–40
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regulationroutine

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Historical Examples

  • And what denomination do you distinguish as the standing-order?

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for standing order

standing order

noun
  1. Also called: banker's order an instruction to a bank by a depositor to pay a stated sum at regular intervalsCompare direct debit
  2. a rule or order governing the procedure, conduct, etc, of a legislative body
  3. 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A regulation that is in force until it is specifically changed or withdrawn, as in The waiters have standing orders to fill all glasses as they are emptied.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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