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commander-in-chief

noun [C] uk   /kəˌmɑːn.dər.ɪnˈtʃiːf/  us   /-ˌmæn.dɚ-/ (plural commanders-in-chief) (US abbreviation CINC, UK abbreviation C-in-C)
a commander in charge of all the armed forces of a country or of all the forces fighting in a particular area or operation
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