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go on the offensive

To begin attacking someone or adopting an aggressive attitude or position as a means of gaining a pre-emptive advantage. If you don't go on the offensive as soon as the debate starts, your opponent is going to walk all over you! Every time Mike and I start to fight, he immediately goes on the offensive and won't listen to my side of things.
See also: offensive, on

take the offensive

To begin attacking someone or adopting an aggressive attitude or position as a means of gaining a pre-emptive advantage. If you don't take the offensive as soon as the debate starts, your opponent is going to walk all over you! Every time Mike and I start to fight, he immediately takes the offensive and won't listen to my side of things.
See also: offensive, take

prawn cocktail offensive

The (often derisive) name used for politicians' efforts to gain financial support while attending a social event (where prawn cocktails are traditionally served). Primarily heard in UK. I don't want to go to this dinner party—it's just going to become another prawn cocktail offensive, and I'm sick of people asking me for money!
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Why have governments across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa increased budgets for the development of defensive and offensive cyber weapons?
The main job of the defensive lineman is to first nullify the charge of the offensive lineman and, secondly, to use his hands and arms to gain separation from the offensive player so he can help tackle the ball carrier.
What's offensive is that Scudamore is so in thrall to the most powerful of his member clubs that they're giving the impression they're making up the rules as they go along.
Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer and former North Carolina and Fresno State offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti also spoke with Dorrell about the position.
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In Ellerth, the Supreme Court provided guidance in determining who may subject the employer to vicarious liability for engaging in sexually offensive conduct by directing that the focus should be on whether the offending employee was aided in the misconduct because of his or her position with the employer.
Richmond Webb, a 320-pound offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, lifts weights for more than an hour two to three times a week.
It's not as offensive, in my judgment, as the average soap-opera commercial or a speech on the Senate floor by North Carolina's Jesse Helms, but it's offensive nonetheless.
But by then, we already had a quarter-million troops practicing offensive maneuvers in the desert who, according to the debate we were suddenly having, shouldn't have been there at all.
Call of Duty: United Offensive allows gamers to experience more of WWII's most legendary conflicts through the eyes of Allied soldiers fighting for the liberation of Europe through 13 intense new single player missions.
Former Fresno State and North Carolina offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti interviewed with UCLA coach Karl Dorrell about the Bruins' offensive coordinator position, sources said Wednesday.
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Since the ball may remain in the possession of the offensive team as the ball goes out of bounds on a shot, the "shut off" player should be ready to pick the ball up on the restart.
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Perhaps one year back at the college level was enough for UCLA offensive line and assistant head coach Jim Colletto.
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