squad

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From French escouade.

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squad (plural squads)

  1. A group of people organized for some common purpose, usually of about ten members.
  2. A unit of tactical military personnel, or of police officers, usually of about ten members.
    • 1912, in The New England magazine, volume 47:
      A squad of soldiers ordered them to disperse but instead of doing so they commenced throwing ice and rocks.
  3. (cricket, soccer, rugby) A group of potential players from whom a starting team and substitutes are chosen.
  4. (UK, dialect) sloppy mud
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)

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