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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jason Prince, a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP who served as the top lawyer for Treasury’s sanctions watchdog, said the new strike force is likely to put additional pressure on companies, which can expect to receive subpoenas and information requests. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, 16 Feb. 2023 As the new Republican majority in the House attempts to kill the strike force and its funding, new polling from Rasmussen Reports shows that most U.S. voters agree with the GOP plan. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 17 Jan. 2023 Our budget will make significant new investments to strengthen the border strike force, provide advanced equipment to aid in the pursuit of dangerous criminals, and deploy the latest drone technology to bolster surveillance and stop the cartels in their tracks. The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) missile will replace the existing Minuteman III in the Pentagon’s nuclear strike force and provide a rapid response nuclear delivery system that can hit almost any point on Earth within minutes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 June 2021 But to succeed, U.S. soldiers had to secure Highway 8 from the south into the Iraqi capital, the vital supply line that would allow the strike force to remain in place. William Branigin, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 From time to time, people would come across (b) in some sort of old shoe box in an attic and charge into school the next day with the thing secreted about their person and visions of conscripting a personal zombie strike force. Bruno Maddox, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2014 Another recommendation called on the city to use $10 million that Bowser budgeted for the strike force to create a public-private fund that would offer units to Black home buyers at various affordability levels. Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2022 In 2014, Rabenn began forming his dark-web strike force, inviting local investigators from Fresno's Homeland Security Investigations and IRS Criminal Investigations offices to join. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 25 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of strike force was in 1955

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“Strike force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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