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SWAT team

noun

a special squad of law-enforcement or military officers trained for quick raids in violent or dangerous situations; also called [swat squad]

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SWAT 'special weapons and tactics'

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SWAT team

noun phrase

A police unit wearing military-like uniforms and using military assault weapons on assignments requiring extraordinary coordination and force: When the terrorists took over the whole building, the commissioner sent in the SWAT team

[1969+; fr acronym of special weapons and tactics used as a modifier]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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