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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.
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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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500 for the first time in five days and to set up a possible series sweep if they can finish off the offensively horrid Padres this afternoon.
Defensively we've been getting the job one and offensively we're scoring a lot of goals.
The big game that I had offensively kind of overshadowed what we did defensively,'' Bryant said.
It's tough, but if it doesn't go in offensively, you have to do other things to help the team.
LANCASTER - An Antelope Valley College football team that's struggled offensively to start the season has a great opportunity to get on track today when it plays on the road against San Diego Mesa in a 5 p.
Center fielder Steve Finley was not in the starting lineup Saturday, and though Scioscia said it was simply a matter of getting Finley off his feet in a day game after a night game, it could be a sign of things to come with Finley continuing to struggle offensively.
Offensively, McPherson has struggled hitting left-handed pitchers, batting .
LMU (31-26) was led offensively by senior Matt White who finished 2 for 4 with one run scored.
But it was his teammates who carried the load offensively, as the host Falcons collected 17 hits against three Poly pitchers in an 18-0 victory in the first round of the Southern Section Div.
The Angels would like to avoid the personal catcher relationship that developed with Colon and Jose Molina last year, because Bengie is superior offensively.
Reseda starter Gilbert Castillo pitched five solid innings, allowing only one run on three hits, but Reseda (0-1) could not get anything going offensively.
The two continue to develop offensively, and they figure eventually the points will come; for now, they know their roles, and they have no problem asserting themselves as two of the league's most intimidating inside presences.