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hit′ squad`

1. a team of hit men.
2. a group of political terrorists.
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Noun1.hit squad - a team of assassins
team, squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
death squad - a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)
Sparrow Unit - a hit squad of the New People's Army in the Philippines
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