government issue

or gov·ern·ment-is·sue


(often initial capital letter) issued or supplied by the government or one of its agencies.

Origin of government issue

First recorded in 1935–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for government issue

  • He flung the government-issue needlebeam at Jay, and caught him full on the forehead.

    The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
  • During the evening, he disassembled the government-issue needlebeam and inspected its parts.

    The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for government issue

government issue


supplied by a government or government agency
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