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shore patrol

(often initial capital letters) members of an organization in the U.S. Navy having police duties similar to those performed by military police.
Abbreviation: SP.
Origin of shore patrol
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had stayed past the legal hour on liberty the last time in, and the shore patrol had come along and scooped him up.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • But the callous act of the shore patrol argued a state of war carried to fanatic proportions, perhaps inter-racial conflict.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for shore patrol

shore patrol

(US) a naval unit serving the same function as the military police
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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