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English definition of “doctor's orders”

doctor's orders

noun [plural]     /ˌdɒk.təˈzɔː.dəz/ US  /ˌdɑːk.tɚˈzɔːr.dɚz/ mainly humorous
used to mean that you must do something because your doctor has told you to do it: I have to have a week off work - it's doctor's orders!Instructions and ordersDoctors and health workers generally
(Definition of doctor's orders noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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