a 15-strong group?

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Hi there,
here's my question:

ANDREW MOTION, the poet laureate, and Lord Smith, the former culture secretary, have launched a campaign to stem the flow of famous writers’ archives being sold to universities in America. They are leading a 15-strong group of eminent literary figures demanding tax breaks, government funding and lottery cash to help British institutions match the bids of their rich American rivals.

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For bold part, can I understand in this way: the compainging group consists of 15 famous literary people?
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  • Loob

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    English UK
    Yes, there are 15 people in the group:).

    See definition 5 in the WR English dictionary entry for 'strong':
    used after a number to indicate the size of a group: a hostile crowd several thousands strong.
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