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commanding officer

noun
1.
Army. a commander of any rank from second lieutenant to colonel.
Origin of commanding officer
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800
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  • The commanding officer must have suffered the fate of his men.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • This was doubtless true, he being its first commanding officer.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • I'm talking now as man to man; not to my commanding officer.

  • In that world, then, there was once upon a time a commanding officer and a Northman.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • And I am listening to you,' said the commanding officer, quietly.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for commanding officer

commanding officer

noun
1.
an officer in command of a military unit
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