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circular firing squad

A group, usually a political party, that is allied against a common enemy or opponent but whose internal disagreements and attacks end up doing more damage to each other than to their target. The lead up to the presidential nomination saw the party devolve into a circular firing squad, as each candidate's vociferous bid to unseat the incumbent president ended up creating huge divisions and disarray within the party itself.
See also: circular, firing, squad

goon squad

A group of people hired or acting for the purposes of enforcement, protection, intimidation, and/or harassment on behalf of someone else. Primarily heard in US. After Mr. Smith refused to pay the mafia protection money, they sent a goon squad around to rough him up.
See also: goon, squad


One's group of close friends. I'm going to the party tonight with my squad.

squad goals

The aspirations, desires, or values of one's group of close friends, often illustrated in an image posted on social media that is captioned with the phrase as a hashtag. Check out this selfie of Jenny and her friends at the library. She hashtagged it with "squad goals." See you all bright and early tomorrow at the protest! #squadgoals
See also: goal, squad

awkward squad

A group of individuals within a unit or organization who do not cooperate, accept change, or act in the group's interest, either deliberately or due to incompetence. This awkward squad of senators is causing headaches for both parties.
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I'd rather face a firing squad than do something

Fig. I would prefer to stand and be executed by gunfire than to do something. I'd rather face a firing squad than go shopping the day after Christmas.
See also: face, firing, rather, squad

the awkward squad

a squad composed of recruits and soldiers who need further training.
Shortly before his death Robert Burns is reported to have said, ‘Don't let the awkward squad fire over me’. Nowadays, the expression is often used to refer to a group of people who are regarded as tiresome or difficult to deal with.
See also: awkward, squad

goon squad

1. n. an organized group of thugs; a gang of toughs. (Underworld.) The goon squad Mr. Big sent around scared the devil out of Wilmer.
2. n. the police. My old buddy on the goon squad tells me there’ll be some action over on Maple Street tonight.
See also: goon, squad

junk squad

n. police who enforce the narcotics laws. (Underworld.) The junk squad has more than it can handle trying to keep up with the hard stuff.
See also: junk, squad
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There are some players in this Under-21 squad that are very much in our minds for that tournament.
PinPoint nSight is designed to integrate seamlessly with portable x-ray systems currently in use, enabling bomb squads and the public at large to reap the benefits without having to make expensive investments in new hardware.
De La Salle University Animo Squad is the second to perform while Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion comes in at third.
There will also be an increase in the availability of working dogs for squads to utilize to their advantage.
The 8 qualified squads will play in knock out quarter final round in which the 4 qualified squads will play in the semi-final.
DECLAN KIDNEY will wait until after this weekend to name his Ireland squad for the senior tour to North America and the Ireland A squad for the Churchill Cup.
Three paramedic squads - each consists of a squad truck and two paramedic/firefighters - now serve the Santa Clarita Valley, Crawford said.
Ashley James plays for Mold RFC Under-16s and was recently selected to travel down to Carmarthen to take part in trials for the Llanelli/West Wales Provincial Under-16s Rugby Squad.
Sir, - I write to correct the assertion in your article "Anger as elite police squad charges extra pounds 500,000 levy" (Post, June 8) that the National Crime Squad is seeking a further pounds 0.
Detectives or their sergeants on squads working new homicides in the MPD homicide branch refer potential cases to CCS.
Today, even as the Reagan Administration publicly condemns the Death Squads, the CIA - in violation of U.
In addition, a tool is included that will allow the bomb technicians to pull in data from the RAD detection device used by accredited squads - the SAIC Gamma Ray Spectrometers GR130 - and send radiation reports directly to experts at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for examination.
The close-quarters fight can best be executed by dismounted squads trained, equipped, and resourced to take the fight to the enemy on his own turf under any conditions, day or night.
The national soccer squad came in the second group with the Bahraini, Emirati and Iraqi squads.
LANCASTER - Young Olympians Pom and Cheer squads came back with two first-place trophies and a second-place ribbon from a Dec.