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militia

noun [C, + sing/pl verb] uk   /mɪˈlɪʃ.ə/ us  
a military force that only operates for some of the time and whose members often have other jobs: A UN force was sent in to stop fighting between three rival militias. The government called out the militia to help cope with the rioting.
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