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marching orders

Definitions of marching orders
  1. noun
    an order from a superior officer for troops to depart
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    type of:
    order
    (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
  2. noun
    (informal) a notice of dismissal or discharge
    synonyms: walking papers
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    type of:
    dismissal, dismission, pink slip
    official notice that you have been fired from your job
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