One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of goods) requested but not yet received from the supplier or manufacturer.‘the helicopters have been on order for two years’
- ‘A county council spokesperson confirmed that new signs were on order and would be installed as soon as they arrived.’
- ‘He was not aware of how many buses the factory had on order.’
- ‘The firm currently operates four vessels - three bulk carriers and an oil tanker - and has a fifth on order at Guangzhou Shipyard International.’
- ‘Service is scheduled to begin in October 2005 and 29 more trains are on order.’
- ‘Further investment was planned with an extra 10 rapid-response vehicles on order on top of 18 already sent out on the roads in the last year.’
- ‘We've a new metal shed on order too, so hopefully that will arrive soon.’
- ‘And congratulations on the book: I've got a copy on order today.’
- ‘The new Learning Zone has 15 new computers and four more are on order which are adapted for people with disabilities.’
- ‘Paul Cheevers, District Manager for Iarnrod Eireann in Waterford said that the steel girders were on order and were due to be put in place over the weekend.’
- ‘They'd sold the last one that morning, but they put one on order for me, so I should be able to get it sometime next week.’
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