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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 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.
See also: attack

*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

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)
See also: attack, on

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
See also: force

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 Operative, binding, as in This rule is no longer in force.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]
See also: force

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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Your central midfielders and defenders will have the greatest influence over this element of your game, because they will have the most opportunities to switch the ball from one side to the other, and should be in position to see the attacking options in front of them.
The middle third of the field is the best area in which to do this, since you generally want to drive straight to goal in the attacking third and you want to avoid playing balls across the center of your defensive third.
By starting behind the line of the ball and as wide as possible, the wing player will also maximize the amount of positive attacking space into which the ball can be delivered.
The following game helps train players to read an opponent's defensive shape, and encourages them to change the point of attack in midfield to find better attacking options:
6, with each team defending three goals and attacking the other three goals.
Finally, remove the small goals and play to two full-sized goals (with keepers) to confirm that your players continue to read their attacking options across the width of the field, even under game conditions.
Twenty-five years later, with young stars like attacking defender Roberto Carlos, creative midfielder Juninho, and striker Edmundo, they are once again among the elite.
Once in control of the ball, they will invariably advance into their attacking third before risk losing it by trying something creative and dangerous.
2% (29) of her possessions produced four or more passes in her attacking half to the U.
That wasn't always true of earlier Brazilian teams that seemed to care only about attacking.
Brazil's first option in the attacking third was to spring someone through - like they did here with Zinho - to get a daring chance close to goal.
3 develops a creative sequence in the attacking third.
Phishing is spreading, attacking new institutions in mass numbers, catching some by surprise.
This creates a half-open state where the target system has received the SYN packet but the SYN_ACK has gone unacknowledged by the attacking system(s).
So far, therefore, it seems that our model is best suited for attacking tamperproof devices.