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task force

Navy, Military. a temporary grouping of units under one commander, formed for the purpose of carrying out a specific operation or mission.
a group or committee, usually of experts or specialists, formed for analyzing, investigating, or solving a specific problem.
Origin of task force
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One, neither of us can raise Admiral Jackson's task force because the speaker units have been removed from both sets.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • I suppose they ran afoul of a Merokian task force, but there's nothing to go on.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • It is customary to omit the name of the issuing officer from any task force or task group commanded by him.

    Sound Military Decision U.s. Naval War College
  • "That will be Satterfield and his task force," Jeff told the Chafis.

    Traders Risk Roger Dee
  • And so they were among the first to see the faint shapes of the task force low down on the horizon.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for task force

task force

a temporary grouping of military units formed to undertake a specific mission
any semipermanent organization set up to carry out a continuing task
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for task force

1941, originally military; see task (n.) + force (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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