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flying column

noun, Military.
(formerly) a force of troops equipped and organized to move swiftly and independently of a principal unit to which it is attached.
Origin of flying column
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "My flying column of scouts is over sixty strong, picked men and wonderfully brave," he said.

    The Petticoat Commando Johanna Brandt
  • For Arcoll had purposely turned his police into a flying column.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • The flying column under Wood held the post of honour in the front half of the square.

  • I propose to use my force as a sort of flying column, co-operating with yours.

    With Moore at Corunna G. A. Henty
  • The flying column occupied just two months in its fruitless expedition.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • The flying column that had ridden to the rescue was a small band of picked men, with a couple of light machine guns.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • To oppose the invaders, a flying column was organized at Wady Halfa.

  • On the 2nd January, the flying column pushing on to Douglas, found the village evacuated by the enemy.

  • The relief of the latter was to be undertaken by a flying column under Mahon supported by Hunter's division.

    A Handbook of the Boer War Gale and Polden, Limited
  • The Government needs me to take command of a flying column to clear the provinces of filibusteros.

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