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special committee


select committee

a committee, as of a legislative body, that is formed to examine and report on a specific bill or issue.
Also called special committee.
Origin of select committee
1780-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A member of the audit committee engaged a special-committee counsel before that committee was composed.

    I Was Right Conrad Black April 2, 2009
British Dictionary definitions for special-committee

select committee

(in Britain) a small committee composed of members of parliament, set up by either House of Parliament to investigate and report back on a specified matter of interest
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