One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A response to a political crisis or challenge that involves using weapons and military force.
2A response made by an armed security officer to an emergency situation or call (chiefly US). Also: a response by an armed, specially trained police unit to a serious crime incident (chiefly British).
Early 20th century. From armed + response.
armed response/ˌɑːmd rɪˈspɒns/
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