order

[ awr-der ]
/ ˈɔr dər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to give an order or issue orders: I wish to order, but the waiter is busy.

Idioms

Origin of order

1175–1225; Middle English ordre (noun), ordren (v., derivative of the noun) < Old French ordre (noun) < Latin ordin- (stem of ordō) row, rank, regular arrangement
Related forms

Synonym study

37. See direct.
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British Dictionary definitions for tall order

order

/ (ˈɔːdə) /

noun

verb

interjection

an exclamation of protest against an infringement of established procedure
an exclamation demanding that orderly behaviour be restored
See also orders
Derived Formsorderer, nounorderless, adjective

Word Origin for order

C13: from Old French ordre, from Latin ordō
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Medicine definitions for tall order

order

[ ôrdər ]

n.

A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
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Science definitions for tall order

order

[ ôrdər ]

A group of organisms ranking above a family and below a class. See Table at taxonomy.
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Culture definitions for tall order

order


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.)

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Idioms and Phrases with tall order (1 of 2)

tall order


A goal that is hard to fulfill or achieve, as in Getting a thousand new subscribers is a tall order indeed. This expression uses tall in the sense of “impressively great” or “difficult.” [c. 1900]

Idioms and Phrases with tall order (2 of 2)

order


In addition to the idioms beginning with order

  • order of the day, the
  • order someone about

also see:

  • apple-pie order
  • back order
  • call to order
  • in order
  • in short order
  • just what the doctor ordered
  • law and order
  • made to order
  • marching orders
  • on order
  • on the order of
  • out of order
  • pecking order
  • put one's house in order
  • short order
  • standing orders
  • tall order
  • to order
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