Meaning of “orders are orders” in the English Dictionary

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"orders are orders" in British English

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orders are orders

said when you have to do something because someone in authority has told you to, and usually when you do not really approve of it:

Nobody wants to do it, but orders are orders, so let's start.

(Definition of “orders are orders” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)