general staff

noun Military.
a group of officers who are without command and whose duty is to assist high commanders in planning and carrying out orders in peace and war. Unabridged
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general staff
officers assigned to advise commanders in the planning and execution of military operations

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Example sentences
In pursuit of this goal, and after some nudging from the general staff, two centre-right parties announced a merger last week.
The chief of the general staff ruled out emergency rule.
His eyeballs roll up under heavy lids as he's conning the general staff with mock humility.
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