from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See police.
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- n. Any police organization; a constabulary.
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- n. the force of policemen and officers
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'How wonderfully knowledgeable the police force are,' said Alex admiringly.
The Nazis had slaughtered 60,000 Greek Jews, or so it said on the radio, and now her own people killed their brothers as if the Nazis had only been a police force whose departure had been eagerly awaited by the fratricides.
They had used the local police force to do their dirty work this time, maybe thinking that deadheads wouldn't trigger Rowan's exquisitely sensitive antennae for danger.
It is perhaps seven or eight miles across and largely composed of volcanic upheavals of rock: a republic, self-contained, self-controlled, self-supporting, with a tiny parliament and a tiny police force and a quite remarkably tiny conscience in regard to its obligations to the rest of society; but with a traditionally enormous Hereditary Grand Duke.
He wondered if Baldy had gone to get the police, if there was a special police force for this.
We do not want the whole police force to know that Senator Simpson spent an hour with two arrested gipsies, do we?
The problem with that suggestion is, of course, that the United Nations is not constituted to maintain or wield an adequate supranational police force in the event that a nationstate commits an illegal or immoral act.
The police force as a whole was divided into autonomous districts, like the Thames Valley Police, who solved crimes in their own area but might not take much notice outside.
The police stepped in to rescue him, and then, remembering that police force had been used the year before, a Prague Party official went to the microphone to apologize and explain that too many people had crowded the first secretary.
In Haiti, after Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s election, I reported on a United Nations mission to coax a legitimate police force from the Tonton Macoutes, a band of soulless, blood-soaked thugs who stepped on the public neck while despotic lunatic Baby Doc Duvalier raped his country.