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Armed forces   /ɑrmd fˈɔrsɪz/   Listen
Armed forces

The military forces of a nation.  Synonyms: armed services, military, military machine, war machine.  "The military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

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"Armed forces" Quotes from Famous Books

... time appeared to lead their men in concerted action against the opposing forces. To call the Boer force an army was to add unwarranted elasticity to the word, for it had but one quality in common with such armed forces as Americans or Europeans are accustomed to call by that name. The Boer army fought with guns and gunpowder, but it had no discipline, no drills, no forms, no standards, and not even a roll-call. It was an enlarged ...
— With the Boer Forces • Howard C. Hillegas

... the armed forces of a State were actually engaged, under the authority of the legislature, in forcibly resisting the service of process from the federal courts. It was in 1809, when the marshal in Pennsylvania was opposed by a large body of the militia called out by order of the Governor for the purpose. Their commanding ...
— The American Judiciary • Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD

... 1. None of the armed forces is conducting secret experiments with disk-shaped flying objects that could be a basis for ...
— The Flying Saucers are Real • Donald Keyhoe

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