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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
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  • I suppose they ran afoul of a Merokian task force, but there's nothing to go on.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • "That will be Satterfield and his task force," Jeff told the Chafis.

    Traders Risk Roger Dee
  • They had a pretty good idea that we knew where our task force was.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Craig guessed she was part of a task force scouting the south Pacific.

    The Lost Warship Robert Moore Williams
  • Engineers, chemists, agronomists, all of us—we're the task force.

    Where There's Hope Jerome Bixby
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
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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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