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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

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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The squad members would be trained to face violence peacefully, but they would be allowed to use tasers.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission found that officers missed a chance to arrest the men during the joint operation with Flying Squad detectives.
Leadership is difficult for a squad leader because his subordinates are the youngest and most untrained Soldiers in the Army.
Cameron White is unlucky to be omitted from the one-day squad having been a regular and successful member of the squad for the last few series," Adelaide Now quoted chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, as saying.
The 24-year-old Surrey seamer has been included for the first time after he was last week called up as a replacement in England's World Cup squad for Michael Yardy.
Pietersen, left out of the squad which beat Pakistan in September because of a loss of form, was named among a 17-man party to take on Australia in two Twenty20s and seven ODIs next month.
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