bloody nose strike

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bloody nose strike

A pre-emptive military strike intended to accomplish some objective while being limited enough in scope to (ideally) prevent retaliation by target. Sir, I worry that a bloody nose strike will just cause them to attack us more fiercely in return.
See also: bloody, nose, strike
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But instead, the Trump Administration touts their desire for a bloody nose strike while neglecting to fill key diplomatic posts in the Peninsula.
The Rodong Sinmun editorial also referenced a disputed story that originated in a South Korean newspaper that said a Trump official implied a bloody nose strike would help Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections.