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    optimistic pessimist is offline Senior Member
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    The meaning of "cabinet heads"

    Hi, there!

    "The task force consisted of cabinet heads and administration officials."

    In the sentence above, what does cabinet heads mean? I assume it means "ministers", but I'm not sure my guess is right.

    Thank you.

    optimistic pessimist

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    Re: The meaning of "cabinet heads"

    It sounds like gargoyles carved as decoration on a cupboard!
    In the U.S., the cabinet is a body of advisers to the President, composed of the heads of the executive departments of the government : hence, a cabinet meeting.
    • In the UK, Canada, and other Commonwealth countries, it is the committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling government policy, each in a specific area such as Health, or Foreign Affairs.
    So - 'cabinet heads' would imply 'heads of cabinet'...but there is only one head of cabinet in the UK, and that's the prime minister. Since the cabinet is comprised of the ministers who are head of government departments, it refers to 'the heads of government departments who are in the cabinet'.
    Trying to compress that idea into 'cabinet heads' doesn't really work well.

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