order collocations

order collocations


take order

You’re not my boss! I’m not taking orders from you.

disobey order

In the army I was punished for disobeying orders. I was made to clean the toilets foe a week.

receive order

The troops received orders to attack the city at dawn.

be under order

I’m afraid you can’t in. We are under orders not to allow anybody into the building.

come order

The order came direct from the Minister to release the murderer from prison two years early.


Soldiers learn to obey orders without questioning them.

Don’t blame me! I’m only carrying out someone else’s orders.

The ship was sinking fast so the captain issued the order to abandon ship.

Instead of stopping to think, we just blindly followed orders.

It was clear she was furious with us when she gave orders that she wasn’t to be disturbed.

The sergeant barked out a series of orders to the new recruits.

He was arrested for refusing to comply with a court order to leave the city.


strict order

All employees are under strict orders not to talk to the press. They will be sacked if they do.

tall order

Getting this job done on time will be a tall order. I don’t know how we will be able to meet the deadline.

marching order

She was useless and unreliable, so she got her marching orders! She’s looking for a new job.

doctor’s order

He’s under doctor’s orders to cut down on his smoking and drinking.

take order

I wish a waiter would come and take our order!

place order

We’re thinking of placing a rather large order. What kind of discount could you offer?

send order

I sent you my order two weeks ago, together with a cheque for 60$.

deal with order

We will deal with your order immediately. Goods are generally dispatched within 24 hours of receipt of order.

lose order

Unfortunately, we lost an important order worth hundreds of thousands of pounds because the workers went on strike.

cancel order

I’m afraid you will lose your deposit if you decide to cancel your order.

chronological order

Write down the events in chronological order, that is, in the order in which they happened.

reverse order

They read out the names of the winners of the competition in reverse order – third, second and then first.

alphabetical order

My name is Zavaroni – so I’m always at the bottom of every list, arranged in alphabetical order!

running order

The running order for a concert is the order in which each singer or band will play.

particular order

The files are arranged in no particular order. If you can think of one, let me know.

pecking order

I’ve just started with the company so I’m at the bottom of the pecking order. I’m the last person to get a share of any of the good jobs that come up.



  • Note these adjective expressions:

I think I’ll have a side order of French fries.

The coffee machine is out of order again!

  • Note the expression ‘law and order’.

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