1 police, soldiers, etc.

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

detective, officer (both BrE)

a murder squad detective

in a/the squad

He's working in the vice squad.

2 sports team
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)
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)
member, player
in a/the squad, on the squad

He spent last season on the practice squad.

3 group with particular task

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

assassination, death, hit, suicide

He sent a hit squad after the chief.

truth (AmE, informal)

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


They started forming death squads.

leader, member

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