strike force


Definition of strike force

1 : an armed force equipped to deliver a strong offensive or retaliatory blow
2 : a team of federal agents assigned to investigate organized crime in a specific area

Examples of strike force in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Utah attorney general’s SECURE strike force (which stands for Statewide Enforcement of Crimes Against Undocumented Residents) arrested the man Tuesday, and the Payson Police Department assisted with the investigation and arrest. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Nov. 2021 Ahead of the Justice Department's announcement, Chicago Police Department announced the strike force team on Monday that is made up of local police officers, ATF and an already existing firearms investigation unit within the Department. Christina Carrega, CNN, 22 July 2021 Later on Thursday, Garland will travel to Chicago, one of the strike force cities. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 22 July 2021 Jones has been in state custody since April, after members of the strike force raided a home in the 1600 block of Edmondson Ave. Justin Fenton,, 10 Aug. 2021 The attorney general will meet with U.S. Attorney John Lausch, who will oversee the local strike force, as well as police and community leaders, officials said. Lisa Donovan,, 22 July 2021 The Royal Navy says the dispatch of its Queen Elizabeth carrier strike force is the nation's most powerful naval deployment in a generation. David A. Andelman, CNN, 28 June 2021 Brown declined to give further details on what the strike force would look like, saying more details will be released soon. Paige Fry,, 13 July 2021 The Russians’ Mediterranean anti-ship strike force is coming together at the same time NATO concentrates more ships in the region. David Axe, Forbes, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of strike force

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of strike force was in 1955

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4 Dec 2021

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“Strike force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strike force

: a military force that is ready to attack
: a team of federal agents assigned to investigate organized crime in a specific area


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