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Special Branch, noun phrase

Forms:
Also with small initials.
Origin:
British English
historical
The security division of the police force; colloquial (plural unchanged), a member of this section; Branch; SB. Also attributive.
Note:
The Special Branch dealt with political matters.
1953 A. Mogale in Drum Apr. 36‘What’s in it for me, Mister Chief-of-the-Special-Branch?’ I asked him.
1991 F.G. Butler Local Habitation 189With touching care for the safety of the régime the Special Branch used to keep a kindly eye on High Corner, taking down the numbers of cars parked outside.
The security division of the police force; colloquial (plural unchanged), a member of this section; Branch; SB. Also attributive.

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