One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Orders that are not to be opened before a specified time.
- ‘Before the war began all merchant ships on the high seas had been given sealed orders about what to do in case of hostilities.’
- ‘The khan ordered two nobles to take one hundred warriors to the site and to then open his sealed orders.’
- ‘When that was done, further sealed orders were to be opened, which would instruct him to cruise in the South Pacific Ocean.’
- ‘‘Ladies and gentleman,’ he said as they took their seats around the long table, ‘as some of you might know, we've been operating under sealed orders.’’
- ‘Claudius sends Hamlet to England with sealed orders that he should be killed on arrival.’
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