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angle of attack

The position of an airplane as it moves through the air. What is our angle of attack, Captain? Are we going to be able to land this plane as planned?
See also: angle, attack, of

attack is the best form of defense

Launching an offensive is the best way to protect oneself. I need to start some rumors about Dean, before he comes after me. I know it sounds harsh, but attack is the best form of defense!
See also: attack, defense, form, of

an attack of

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

on the attack

Going after an opponent with aggression, forcefulness, and tenacity. England has been on the attack this entire second half, threatening a historic victory against the returning German champions. Often criticized for his calm and noncombative demeanor, the candidate made a point of being on the attack throughout the debate.
See also: attack, on

under attack

In the state of being attacked. Battle stations! We're under attack! I constantly feel like I'm under attack during these meetings, but a lot of these issues don't even relate to my department.
See also: attack

in force

1. Legally enforced; in effect. There was a law like that on the books, but I'm not sure it's still in force.
2. In a large group; at full strength, as of an army. The voters are going to come out against you in force if you don't change your position on this. You better believe the fans will be there in force to support the team at the critical road game.
See also: force

*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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*in force

1. [of a rule or law] currently valid or in effect. (*Typically: be ~.) Is this rule in force now? The constitution is still in force.
2. Fig. in a very large group. (*Typically: arrive ~; attack ~.) The entire group arrived in force. The mosquitoes will attack in force this evening.
See also: force

produce an attack

(of an illness) Go to an attack (of an illness).
See also: attack, produce

suffer an attack

 (of an illness)
1. Go to an attack (of an illness).
See also: attack, suffer

in force

1. In full strength, in large numbers, as in Demonstrators were out in force. This usage originally alluded to a large military force. [Early 1300s]
2. Operative, binding, as in This rule is no longer in force. This usage originally alluded to the binding power of a law. [Late 1400s]
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in force

in great strength or numbers.
1989 Amy Wilentz The Rainy Season They turned out in force, armed with machetes and cocomacaques.
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Big Mac attack

n. a sudden and desperate need for a Big Mac sandwich, a product of the McDonald’s restaurant chain. (Big Mac is a protected trade name of McDonald’s.) I feel a Big Mac attack coming on!
See also: attack, big, mac

in force

1. In full strength; in large numbers: Demonstrators were out in force.
2. In effect; operative: a rule that is no longer in force.
See also: force
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Take note: If you are having heart attack symptoms and for some reason cannot call 9-1-1, have someone else drive you at once to the hospital.
One therefore has to wonder whether Falkenrath et al's call for $1 billion to be allocated annually to deal with the NBC terrorist and covert attack threat will really help matters or make them worse by pumping more money into an already oversized NBC weapons bureaucracy.
She recognizes a panic attack when one is in progress.
We know from two large clinical trials that even among people who have never had a heart attack, going on statin drugs reduces the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
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In the 21st century, terrorists may well have embraced the suicide attack because of its devastating psychological effects.
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To the Editor: In January 2005, the chief surgeon in a squadron of French policemen reported a cluster of Plasmodium vivax malaria attacks in troops returning from a 108-day operation in French Guiana.
But if there is a second attack, everything would change again, says Michael Franc of Heritage.
IFN beta, tested in a nationwide trial from 1988 to 1993, proved to have a remarkable ability to reduce attack rates and prevent new lesions seen in the MRI scans of people who were treated with it.
This may be due to new variants that are released or more commonly because enterprises have not deployed the new signatures or patches in order to be protected against the specific attack.
Computer experts are warning of an increase in targeted computer attacks worldwide.
In the 29 months after experiencing a heart attack, depressed patients who happened to be taking SSRIs displayed only 57 percent as many bad outcomes--new heart attacks and deaths from cardiac cause--as did depressed heart attack survivors who weren't taking SSRIs.
Depending on the type, more than one incident scene might exist, but, taken together, they constitute a single attack, with repercussions greater than those of the individual-component category.
When faced with this type of defensive compactness, your team must vary its point of attack to create penetrating spaces for overlapping and supporting players away from the ball, and thus break down your opponent's defensive shape.