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task force

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noun
  1. Navy, Military. a temporary grouping of units under one commander, formed for the purpose of carrying out a specific operation or mission.
  2. a group or committee, usually of experts or specialists, formed for analyzing, investigating, or solving a specific problem.
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Origin of task force

First recorded in 1940–45
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  • Tom had plotted a concentric search pattern, focused on the probable position worked out by the task-force computers.

    Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung

    Victor Appleton

  • They knew that there was a fleet in being which had fought and annihilated a Mekinese task-force many times its size.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • "I gather the Colonel's task-force was becoming insistent," I prompted him.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire

  • Tom immediately contacted Art Wiltessa and the task-force ships.


British Dictionary definitions for task force

task force

noun
  1. a temporary grouping of military units formed to undertake a specific mission
  2. any semipermanent organization set up to carry out a continuing task
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Word Origin and History for task force

n.

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

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