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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.
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Kurdistan President Mass'oud Barzani has taken the offensive against Iraq's Shi'ite PM Nuri al-Maleki, accusing him of monopolising power and preparing the ground for a return to dictatorship.
But the Saudi-led Sunni front in the Muslim world has taken the offensive in persuading Turkey to be more positive towards the US campaign as this could spare the world a military confrontation between Iran and the Western powers.
The banking sector has taken the offensive, saying that Japanese postal entities, which also offer financial services, would ''disturb'' fair competition if they remain backed by the government.
DiMasi's shadow - Approval of the $42 million budget had been delayed by a group of legislators who have taken the offensive against some recent actions by House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
The army has driven Taliban forces out of the Swat Valley near Islamabad and taken the offensive in neighboring districts of the North-West Frontier Province.
of Kent-Canterbury) shows how Western liberals have taken the offensive against illiberal aggressors, and the vanquished have become people who previously lived by a creed or ideology deemed dangerous to Washington.
Bush, the Republicans have taken the offensive by blaming the Democrats for the ramifications from the Mark Foley affair.
Emboldened by the re-election of the devoutly religious President Bush, Christian advocates have taken the offensive in an effort to affirm the legitimacy of religious symbols in public places.
But even after the successful launch of its Mach3 products, other companies have taken the offensive.
But rather than accepting this gloomy situation, Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, has taken the offensive.
The Bar president's "Dignity in Law" campaign has taken the offensive tack of contrasting dignity with the practice of criminal law.
Ford has even taken the offensive with Bridgestone, stating they know when and where the faulty tires were manufactured.
The Iranian force had taken the offensive since June 1982, when they recaptured the Khuzistan province and later threatened to break Iraq through numerous attacks, which led to the tanker war.
They should long ago have taken the offensive and mounted a bitter war - perhaps even a dirty war - on the carpetbaggers.
The Company also announced today that it had taken the offensive and filed suit on March 26th, immediately after receiving the Army Corps Permit, to declare the Permit to have been validly issued.