SE in slang uses
(UK Und.) obtaining goods by ordering them from a shopkeeper, whose bill will never be paid.
|Memoirs in McLachlan (1964) 82: Lest the reader should be unprovided with a cant dictionary, I shall briefly explain in succession: viz., the order-racket [...] Obtaining goods from a tradesman by false pretences, or by a forged order in writing.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
1. of events, behaviour or people, unacceptable, excessive, in bad taste.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 19 Jan. 2/7: Little Miss Nelson (Benjamin's daughter) deeming Mary out of order in this proceeding [i.e. servants drinking instead of working], observed that she should ‘tell her Mar’ .|
|[||Web of the Spider 336: I think [...] that you were a little out when you called the girl a spitfire].|
|Mules and Men (1995) 159: Peter looked at him and tole ’im to g’wan ’way from dere. He was too powerful. He might git outa order and there wouldn’t be nobody to handle ’im.|
|A Prisoner’s Tale 112: I mean, I knew I was well out of order whacking Mr Evans like that—.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Have you done anything remotely out of order?‘It Never Rains’|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 89: They realised they’d been a little out of order and apologised.|
|Deathdeal [ebook] ‘What do you want? It’s out of order, coming here’.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 146: Squeal the screws on some aggravation up the recess or bit of crack on visits, well out of order.|
|Hooky Gear 166: Not that I dont expect Uncle to be late. Even well late, like out-of-order late.|
|Killing Pool 97: Billy, you’re bang out of order freelancing like it like this.|
2. (US teen) menstruating.
|Current Sl. V:3.|
an excessive or extreme demand.
|Tit-Bits 8 Aug. 274/1: In asking me to tell you about my clients and their wills, you give a pretty large order [F&H].|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Aug. 12/3: Mr. Foxton remarked that the stopping of Australian public spitting was a decidedly ‘large order.’.|
|Marvel XIII:333 Mar. 13: Rather a tall order – that of snuffing the atmosphere!|
|Sporting Times 29 Feb. 3/5: The burglars are mistaken for guests in fancy dress, a tall order, but a good peg on which to hang the subsequent comicalities.|
|Lonely Plough (1931) 71: That’s a big order, surely!|
|Bulldog Drummond 228: I say, that’s a bit of a tall order, isn’t it, Mr. Rum Bar?|
|Gangster Girl 4: They let the [...] trimmers muscle for them, put over the tall orders, slaughter one another and get peanuts for their pay.|
|Foveaux 315: Rather a tall order these days. Like looking for a lost ha’penny at the mint.|
|Murder Is Announced (1958) 71: Rather a tall order.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 86: ‘When you have had something to eat and rested a little I want you to tell me all about yourself. Every word.’ ‘A tall order.’.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 265: All he wanted was [...] a little silence, if Cutter thought he could manage such a tall order.|
|Vinnie Got Blown Away 178: They never got me walking, tall order maybe.|
|Guardian G2 18 Feb. 18: But it’s a tall one.|
|At End of Day (2001) 183: Think you can [...] get by without the money you’re gettin’ from the hoodlums [...] Tall order, son, mighty tall order.|