an attack of (some illness)

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an attack of (some illness)

A sudden or acute onset of (an illness). I went to bed early last night after an attack of indigestion.
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*an attack

(of an illness) a bout of some sickness; an instance or acute case of some disease. (*Typically: have ~; produce ~; suffer ~.) Mr. Hodder had an attack of stomach upset that forced him to stay at home.
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References in classic literature ?
thought Rostov, feeling that at last the time had come to experience the joy of an attack of which he had so often heard from his fellow hussars.