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task force

Navy, Military. a temporary grouping of units under one commander, formed for the purpose of carrying out a specific operation or mission.
a group or committee, usually of experts or specialists, formed for analyzing, investigating, or solving a specific problem.
Origin of task force
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Tom had plotted a concentric search pattern, focused on the probable position worked out by the task-force computers.

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

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • 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
  • Tom immediately contacted Art Wiltessa and the task-force ships.

British Dictionary definitions for task-force

task force

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

task force


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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