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noun     standing order pronunciation in British English
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singularstanding order
pluralstanding orders
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] British an instruction that you give a bank to take a particular amount of money out of your account on a particular day, usually each month, to pay a person or organization for you. A direct debit is a similar arrangement, except that the amount can change and is decided by the person who you are paying.
  2. 2
    [countable] a rule in the armed forces that must always be obeyed until another rule officially changes it

    We have standing orders not to fire.

  3. 3
    [countable] a rule that says how a committee or institution should operate
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