(often initial capital letters) members of an organization in the U.S. Navy having police duties similar to those performed by military police. Abbreviation: SP
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- shore bug,
- shore crab,
- shore dinner,
- shore fly,
- shore leave,
- shore terrace,
- shore up,
- shore, jane,
Origin of shore patrol
First recorded in 1940–45
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US a naval unit serving the same function as the military police
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