- a police detachment organized for rapid deploymentThere have been earthbound flying squadrons from the 17th century. The London version formed in the 1920s is also known in rhyming slang as The Sweeney, from the demon barber, Sweeney Todd.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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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