police action

noun

: a localized military action undertaken without formal declaration of war by regular armed forces against persons held to be violators of international peace and order

Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of police action was in 1933

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“Police action.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20action. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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