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heavy brigade

A group of heavily armed soldiers. The US is reportedly sending in a heavy brigade to quell unrest in the region.
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heavy mob

A large group of people, especially one inclined toward violence or unrest. As the demonstration began, a heavy mob of masked men fell upon us and began assaulting anyone carrying a protest sign.
See also: heavy, mob
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the ˈheavy mob/brigade

(British English, informal) a group of strong, often violent people employed to do something such as protect somebody: I had to laugh when he turned up at the meeting with his heavy mob, as if he was a mafia boss or something.
See also: brigade, heavy, mob
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A brigade ahead of them and on the right went into action with a rending roar.
Nkange Brigade is among brigades that have been identified for rationalisation as a rapid skills development centre.
Department of State on the designation of Al-Ashtar Brigades as a foreign terrorist organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).
"Ultimately we all have the same goals and objectives," said O'Connor, in reference to working alongside the other brigades. "The Challenge is synchronizing all the other requirements and resources available to train together."
Srinagar -- In occupied Kashmir, India has deployed two more brigades, about 10,000 more army personnel on the Line of Control (LoC).
ISLAMABAD -- India has deployed two more brigades, about 10,000 more army personnel on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Occupied Kashmir.
From the smallest postal platoon to forward support companies inside brigade combat teams to sustainment brigades to Army Materiel Command field support brigades to contracting support brigades to expeditionary sustainment commands (ESCs) and theater sustainment commands (TSCs) to Defense Logistics Agency forward elements to the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, no one organization can "own" every element of sustainment.
"We have long had the lifeboat service in a state of readiness and before long the same may be said of the Life Brigades on both sides - of the Tynemouth Brigade it is true already, and there is little fear that the South Shields corps will be far behind.
The brigade signal company provides 24-hour communications support of the signal system networks for Stryker brigade combat teams, infantry/armored brigade combat teams, and supported multi-functional support brigades (fires brigades, battlefield surveillance brigades, sustainment brigades).
Summary: The Hezbollah-linked Resistance Brigades in Sidon has frequently been associated with security events in the city over the last three years, ever since the rise of the Brigades and the emergence of fundamentalists such as fugitive Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir.
Under the presidential decree, leaders of several brigades were also reshuffled including the commanders of 26th Mechanized Brigade, the 62nd Mechanized Brigade, the Missile Brigades, and the 37th Armored Brigade.
The political leader of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Naser Badawi says the US decision to include the group in the list of terrorist organisations will prompt them to carry out more suicide bombings, adding: "We have tens of people who are ready and willing.
He divides these into six sets, which, in the chronological order of their historical development, should be listed as: fire-fighting brigades, mutual aid societies, live-stock insurance societies, anti-phylloxera syndicates, general agricultural syndicates, and threshing-machine syndicates.