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Examples of posse in a Sentence
The sheriff and his posse rode out to look for the bandits.
I went to the game with my posse.
Recent Examples of posse from the Web
While the posse — hunters get paid $8.10 an hour plus a bounty for each snake — won’t likely dent the infestation, Feeney said the number of snakes so far captured could have consumed about 100,000 small mammals.
Though the streets are lovely, darkness lurks behind its doors: an abusive father; a jealously protective mother; a posse of exceptionally murderous bullies.
This year, 40 New Orleans students (creating 4 posses) will attend Case Western Reserve University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Tulane University and University of Notre Dame.
With his posse of ninja buddies and under the guidance of their sensei, Mr. Liu (Chan), Lloyd sets out on an adventure to retrieve a super-special weapon to stop Meow-thra.
The next outpost opens in Miami’s Design District later this fall, in time for the arrival of the international art posse at Art Basel Miami Beach in December.
From there the clown-paint posse landed on the federal watch list of Security Threat Groups.
Katherine, the late-adolescent narrator, has run away from her Oregon home and finds herself in Independence, Missouri, with a traveling posse hawking magazines door-to-door.
Her current posse appear to all be young, straight, skinny models and actresses.
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Did You Know?
Posse started out as a technical term in law, part of the term "posse comitatus," which in Medieval Latin meant power or authority of the county. As such, it referred to a group of citizens summoned by a sheriff to preserve the public peace as allowed for by law. "Preserving the public peace" so often meant hunting down a supposed criminal that "posse" eventually came to mean any group organized to make a search or embark on a mission. In even broader use it can refer to any group, period. Sometimes nowadays that group is a gang or a rock band but it can as easily be any group - of politicians, models, architects, tourists, children, or what have you - acting in concert.
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