Today’s English word of the day is an idiom: give someone their marching orders. Keep reading to learn the meaning of this idiom, hear the pronunciation, and read two examples of the vocabulary in use. With each English word of the day, I only focus on one definition. To see every meaning of the word, check out its entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries or in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.
give someone their marching orders: (informal) to order someone to leave a place, their job, etc.
American English Pronunciation: /ɡɪv ˈsʌmwʌn ðɛr ‘mɑrtʃɪŋ ˈɔrdərz/
😤: You can’t kick me out of here! I’ve been drinking at this bar for the past 13 years!
🤨: When you make racist comments like that, you ought to count yourself lucky that I only gave you your marching orders, and not a black eye. Now get out of here!
😕: I’m worried about Kathy. She’s been depressed ever since the agency gave her her marching orders.
😞: I know. Poor thing. She actually thought she was getting a promotion, which made the whole thing worse.
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Do you know the difference between giving someone their marching orders and putting someone out to pasture?
Definition source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.
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