death squad

death squad

noun
any of various groups of assassins, especially in Central America, whose members murder political dissidents, petty criminals, etc., usually with the tacit approval of the government.

Origin:
1965–70

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death squad

noun
a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval) 
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