squad


squad
noun
1 police, soldiers, etc.
ADJECTIVE
elite

an elite combat squad

anti-terrorist (esp. BrE), bomb, bomb-disposal (BrE), crime (esp. BrE), drug (BrE), drugs (BrE), flying (BrE), fraud (BrE), infantry (AmE), murder (BrE), police, rescue (AmE), rifle (AmE), riot, vice

The serious crime squad have taken over the investigation. (BrE)

an early-morning raid by a police squad

VERB + SQUAD
lead
SQUAD + NOUN
detective, officer (both BrE)

a murder squad detective

leader
car
PREPOSITION
in a/the squad

He's working in the vice squad.

2 sports team
ADJECTIVE
good, strong (esp. BrE)

They've got together a good squad for the World Cup.

first-team (BrE), practice (AmE), training (esp. BrE)
football, rowing, etc.
cheer, cheerleading (both AmE)

She was captain of the cheerleading squad.

national, Olympic
16-strong, 22-strong, etc. (esp. BrE)

They were part of a 36-strong squad.

12-man, 20-man, etc. (esp. BrE)
VERB + SQUAD
lead
join, make

Maria failed to make the Olympic squad.

assemble, build (both esp. BrE)
announce, name (both BrE)

England named their squad for the second Test against Australia.

bolster, boost, improve, strengthen (all BrE)
SQUAD + NOUN
member, player
PREPOSITION
in a/the squad, on the squad

He spent last season on the practice squad.

3 group with particular task
ADJECTIVE
firing

He was led out at dawn to face a firing squad.

assassination, death, hit, suicide

He sent a hit squad after the chief.

demolition
truth (AmE, informal)

He is a one-man truth squad on the subject of intelligence.

VERB + SQUAD
lead
form

They started forming death squads.

SQUAD + NOUN
leader, member

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