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

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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., "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 The strike force was also part of a separate September indictment against nine people accused of being members of a Chicago street gang, the Four Corner Hustlers. New York Times, "Shooting of Agent Shines Light on a Federal Fight Against Chicago Gun Crime," 10 May 2018 The solution that has seemingly been posed in response to this, is that the strike force is in need of reconsruction., "Why Chelsea's Biggest Problem Is Their Ailing Midfield After a Season of Domestic Struggles," 6 May 2018 That year, general strikes forced President Jacques Chirac’s government to abandon its agenda for the economy. Sylvie Corbet,, "Despite protests, Macron vows to press on, reform France’s economy," 12 Apr. 2018 Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo report that Juventus have earmarked Morata as an option to reinforce their strike force., "Juventus Reportedly Interested in Re-Signing Chelsea Forward as They Look to Refresh Strike Force," 10 Apr. 2018 But memories are still vivid of 1995, when a series of massive strikes forced the government to back down on making cuts to the country’s welfare and pension system. Gregory Viscusi,, "Macron Vows to Push On as Blockade Threatens Trains and Campuses," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of strike force

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: 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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