Definition of the order of the day in English:

the order of the day

phrase

  • 1The prevailing custom or state of affairs.

    ‘on Sundays, a black suit was the order of the day’
    ‘confusion would seem to be the order of the day’
    • ‘In the past, the US anti-doping system was a bit of a joke, with self-regulation the order of the day among professional sports.’
    • ‘Gentle pastel colours are the order of the day, and wherever you are in the building, you're close to a source of natural light.’
    • ‘When the Great Depression came in 1929 and business failures became the order of the day Holt, like everyone else, was placed under tremendous pressure.’
    • ‘The chef remains tight-lipped as to the recipe, but you can rest assured that, like everything at Grassroots, high quality, impeccable ingredients will be the order of the day.’
    • ‘This is the stark reality in a city where cutthroat competition between textile businesses is the order of the day.’
    • ‘Indoors, there is a feeling of isolation from the real world - it is almost like going back in time to a more genteel era, when peace and quiet and high standards of service were the order of the day.’
    • ‘The affair probably dates back to the hedonistic days, of the late Eighties and early Nineties when conspicuous consumption was the order of the day.’
    • ‘As the grey skies descend once again, reminding us all that it's still really winter, navel-gazing has become the order of the day.’
    • ‘While everywhere else spending cuts are now the order of the day, Darmstadt has an annual arts budget of DM 58.3 million.’
    • ‘BIG hair was the order of the day for models showing off British designer John Galliano's ready-to-wear collection at the end of Paris fashion week.’
    • ‘Stunning dresses in vibrant shades were the order of the day, with Teri Hatcher's Greek-style midnight blue number carrying off the style prizes.’
    predominant, prevalent, current, customary, established, common, widespread, preponderant, in force, in effect, popular
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  • 2(in a legislature) the business to be considered on a particular day.