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verbal assault

Very hostile speech directed at someone. Don't talk to Stan today—I just tried to ask him a simple question, and I got a verbal assault. A: "Why are you crying?" B: "The professor gave me a verbal assault in the middle of my presentation."
See also: assault, verbal

assault and battery

A violent physical attack. Although "assault and battery" is an official legal charge, the phrase can also be used conversationally to describe any sort of physical attack, however serious. The thief that attacked my son in the parking lot has been charged with assault and battery. A: "Quit punching me! Help, this is assault and battery!" B: "Ah, you're such a wuss. Go cry to mom."
See also: and, assault, battery

assault the ear

To be loud and painful to listen to. I don't know how kids enjoy playing their music so loud—it just assaults the ear!
See also: assault, ear

assault and battery

a violent attack [upon someone] followed by a beating. (A technical legal charge.) Richard was charged with two counts of assault and battery. Dave does not go out at night because he does not want to be a victim of assault and battery.
See also: and, assault, battery

assault the ear

Fig. [for sound or speech] to be very loud or persistent. That loud music assaults the ears! I can't hear you with all that traffic noise assaulting my ears.
See also: assault, ear
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Official Home Office statistics show there were 1,188 assaults on officers employed by West Midlands Police in the 12 months up to March 31, 2016.
Sierra was charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury.
In 2012, the estimated rate of aggravated assaults was 242.
Law enforcement agencies report to the UCR Program the number of assaults resulting in injuries to their officers or instances in which an offender used a weapon that could have caused injury or death.
Men and women who report heavy episodic drinking are both more likely to commit sexual assault and to be sexually assaulted than men and women who do not report heavy episodic drinking.
It is likely that the cause of a sexual assault between staff members in camp is that a male misinterpreted a female's cues concerning sexual activity.
One year later, Richard Klassen and 15 others, including the children's disabled parents and members of the extended foster family were arrested on sexual assault charges.
We may have all been "buddies," but we also knew that not all our buddies shared the same set of values when it came to sexual decision-making and the understanding of what constitutes a sexual assault.
The fear of assault ran well ahead of allegations of rape, not to mention actual rapes.
Baker's plea: Not guilty to attempted indecent assault and affray.
Coach Taylor pleaded guilty to an assault charge, was denied probation, and was sentenced to five years in prison.
More than half of all sexual assault victims reported to police are under 18 years old.
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Developed by NetDevil([R]), LTD, Auto Assault is the first massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in a post-apocalyptic world featuring vehicle combat on an epic scale and fully destructible environments.