flying squad
noun Date: 1925 a usually small standby group of people ready to move or act swiftly; especially a police unit formed to respond quickly in an emergency

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  • flying squad — fly·ing squad n: a usu. small standby group of people ready to move or act quickly; esp: a police unit formed to respond quickly in an emergency – called also flying squadron; Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • flying squad — n a special group of police officers in Britain whose job is to travel quickly to the place where there has been a serious crime ▪ the head of Scotland Yard s Flying Squad …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flying squad — flying ,squad noun count BRITISH a group of people, especially police officers, who can go quickly to a place to deal with a problem …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flying squad — noun ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a division of a police force which is capable of reaching an incident quickly …   English terms dictionary

  • flying squad — n. Informal a small, select team trained and equipped to take action quickly as in an emergency …   English World dictionary

  • Flying Squad — The Flying Squad is a branch of London s Metropolitan Police Service. It was formed in 1919, as the Mobile Patrol Experiment A branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), in response to a crime wave that followed the end of World War… …   Wikipedia

  • Flying Squad — Der Flying Squad (zu dt.: fliegende Truppe ) ist eine Sondereinsatzeinheit des Metropolitan Police Service in London, Großbritannien. Die Einheit beschäftigt sich heute mit der Bekämpfung von schwerer und organisierter Kriminalität in ganz London …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • flying squad — noun a mobile group of trained people (police or executives or officials) able to move quickly in the case of emergencies • Hypernyms: ↑team, ↑squad * * * ˈflying squad [flying squad] noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • flying squad — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms flying squad : singular flying squad plural flying squads British a group of people, especially police officers, who can go quickly to a place to deal with a problem …   English dictionary

  • Flying Squad — N PROPER COLL: the N The Flying Squad is a group of police officers who are always ready to travel quickly to the scene of a serious crime. [BRIT] ...weapons seized by the Flying Squad last year …   English dictionary

  • flying squad — fly′ing squad n. a mobile group, as of police officers, trained and prepared to function whenever or wherever needed • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

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