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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?
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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

*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.
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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).
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on the attack

forcefully criticizing or energetically competing against someone Flynn went on the attack against his rivals, finally bringing some life into a very dull campaign.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of on the attack (using force against an enemy)
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under attack

being acted against physically or with words She said cuts in spending put education in America under attack.
Related vocabulary: under fire
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of under attack (having physical force used against you)
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in force

in effect and in use The law has been in force for two years.
Usage notes: used when referring to laws, rules, agreements, and systems
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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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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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As a variation of this, the ball can be played to feet of the middle attacker who turns and tries to combine with the other two attackers to get behind the defenders.
My attacker was a white man and wore an orange shirt and blue jeans," he told police.
After the attack, pools of blood lay splattered on the pavement outside the embassy, along with a burned car apparently used by the attackers.
org, allowing the attacker to resolve queries to the entire wikipedia.
We would always advise getting a 6ft distance from the attacker before running away but every situation is different and we need to teach people how to deal with them if running away is not an option.
CRIME SCENE Detective Constable Stuart Adams in Alexandra Gardens, scene of the attack, above, and left, where the girl was first approached by her attacker.
A successful countermeasure would substantially delay the attacker while giving the defender enough information about his enemy to prevent the attack from causing damage.
Her attacker wore a black balaclava, threatened to kill her and tied her hands behind her back using women's underwear.
The security forces retaliated the fire by killing the attacker on the spot, he added.
3, that security force opened hail of fire toward a suicide attacker while attempting to storm security center in central Baladruz, before reaching his target, killing him instantly.
The security source said the attack began with a suicide bomber, who blew himself up at the entrance of the Council's building, followed by another attacker, who blew up a booby-trapped car.
The attacker then ran off as people rushed to help the stricken victim.
Attacker 1 stands with the ball a couple of yards (or meters) outside the penalty arc.
Alexander Frei, who has scored 25goals in 45international matches, is the crucial attacker, but the young team also counts heavily upon defender Philippe Senderos and forward Tranquillo Barnetta, who helped Switzerland to the 2002 European under-21 championship.
The 19-year-old was pounced on and flung to the ground as the heavily-built attacker sank her teeth into the end of the victim's nose.