government issue

or gov·ern·ment-is·sue


noun

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

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Origin of government issue

First recorded in 1935–40
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Example sentences 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

adjective

supplied by a government or government agency
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