strike force


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

Examples of strike force in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Strike force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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