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.
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How to use standing order in a sentence
If I am returned, my main object, I avow it frankly, will be to make them the standing order.
According to beneficent standing order, ordinary debate stands adjourned at midnight.
For was there not a standing order that no petitioner should be denied admittance?The Strange Story of Rab Rby | Mr Jkai
Isabella D'Este had a standing order that all the books issued from this great Venetian press should be sent to her.Education: How Old The New | James J. Walsh
The levelling down of the excavated earth during trench construction subsequently became a standing order in the Division.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918 | Frederick William Bewsher
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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A regulation that is in force until it is specifically changed or withdrawn, as in The waiters have standing orders to fill all glasses as they are emptied.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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