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general staff

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Military.
1.
a group of officers who are without command and whose duty is to assist high commanders in planning and carrying out orders in peace and war.
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  • The orders of von Bissing and the general staff were explicit.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • But the general staff have also been consulting their oracle and were clear for 50 per cent.

  • Also I had the full backing of the Elders, and a general staff of Wyverns in support.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • Still, that general staff tag for Mr. Grue tickled us a bit.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • In the future the conducting of such operations will rest with the general staff.

    Operations Upon the Sea Franz Edelsheim
  • How much was he responsible for what has happened—how much his general staff?

    Face to Face with Kaiserism

    James W. Gerard
  • There is no news, either, from the Ministry, no order from the general staff.

  • But the German general staff was and is composed of men quick to learn.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
British Dictionary definitions for general staff

general staff

noun
1.
officers assigned to advise commanders in the planning and execution of military operations
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