strike force

noun

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

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Six aircraft carriers led the strike force that hit the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor with a surprise attack on December 7, 1941. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As It Begins Its Second Century, Is the Aircraft Carrier Obsolete?," 5 Nov. 2018 Perhaps more surprisingly, Ince believes that Liverpool also need a target man, despite having a prolific strike force of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. SI.com, "Ex-Liverpool Skipper Names 3 Positions the Reds Must Address Ahead of Next Season," 17 June 2018 But a long time ago in a galaxy much resembling our own, the special-effects Jedi at Industrial Light & Magic used models and stop-motion animation to bring the Empire's stork-legged strike force to life. Popular Mechanics, "The Original Stop-Motion Imperial Walkers Were a Triumph of Craftsmanship," 13 Mar. 2017 Simeone possess one of the most adaptable squads in Europe which boasts an efficient backline and a proficient strike force. SI.com, "Europa League Final Preview: Recent Form, Classic Encounter, Team News & More," 15 May 2018 Uruguay, with its elite strike force and its gnarled, indomitable defense, was always likely to expose Russia’s limitations. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Finally, a Loss for Russia. But Only on the Field.," 25 June 2018 France has arguably the strongest strike force going forward in the entire World Cup field. Cincinnati.com, "Enquirer soccer writers predict 2018 FIFA World Cup winner," 16 June 2018 After graduating from Georgetown's law school in 1971, Gregorie went straight to the Justice Department and soon was assigned to a series of strike forces investigating organized crime in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Prosecutor Dick Gregorie ends career of catching the world's baddest drug traffickers | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 Eliot Ness, who brought down Al Capone in Chicago as leader of a federal strike force known as The Untouchables and served as Cleveland Safety Director from 1935-42, was a customer at the bar. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Lakewood bar Five O' Clock Lounge to celebrate 84-year history at anniversary event," 11 Oct. 2017

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1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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strike force

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strike force

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

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