Cavalry

usgb/ˈkævlri/Volume
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Originally referred to troops on horseback, now includes armored vehicle units in modern military context. SlideThe cavalry division with tanks played a crucial role in the battle.
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Evokes an image of swift, mobile forces quickly moving to attack or defend. SlideAs the enemy approached, the general called for the cavalry to flank them.
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Sometimes used metaphorically to describe any rapid response or intervention in a crisis. SlideWhen the wildfire spread, the firefighters' cavalry arrived with helicopters.