force account

noun

Definition of force account

1 :the part of the expense account of a public body (as a municipality) resulting from the employment of a labor force (as for garbage collection and the maintenance of streets) usually distinguished from the part resulting from contracting similar services with commercial agencies
  • disadvantages of the force-account method of handling municipal maintenance
2 :a labor force maintained under force account
  • every public-works department requires a considerable force account

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