assault


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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
References in classic literature ?
In his rage at so many assaults of so many enemies, Michael, who had been peacefully looking for Kwaque and Steward, did not stop to reckon.
What did you assault him for, him a peacefully eatin' his soup?
At the police court, next morning, under bail, appeared Carter Watson to answer the complaint of the People Versus Carter Watson, for the latter's assault and battery on one Patsy Horan.
Also you will have to prosecute this Patsy Horan," Watson advised; "for I shall now have him arrested for assault and battery.
And of the two that testified, one claimed to have been in the kitchen, a witness to Watson's unprovoked assault on Patsy, while the other, remaining in the bar, had witnessed Watson's second and third rushes into the place as he attempted to annihilate the unoffending Patsy.
Each has sworn that the other struck the first blow; each has sworn that the other made an unprovoked assault on him.
A brutal sniff, sniff,--and unprovoked--sniff, sniff-- assault.
An hour later, as Judge Witberg limped up the grounds to his hotel, he was arrested by a village constable on a charge of assault and battery preferred by Carter Watson.
Each claims the other committed the assault, and I have no legal way of determining the truth.
The General used Sir Richard with all humanity, and left nothing unattempted that tended to his recovery, highly commending his valour and worthiness, and greatly bewailing the danger in which he was, being unto them a rare spectacle, and a resolution seldom approved, to see one ship turn toward so many enemies, to endure the charge and boarding of so many huge Armadas, and to resist and repel the assaults and entries of so many soldiers.
Cooley and Jordan summarize the culture of violence to which women are subjected in the military, the grim history and adverse ramifications of sexual assault regarding servicemembers, the possibility that over 300,000 female servicemembers might have been sexually assaulted since 1948, and the military's institutional failure to respond effectively at all levels, from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Service Secretaries of the Army and Navy, and installations, including commanders.
David Lightfoot, 72, a Wrexham publican in the 1980s, faces five charges of indecent assault on a male, one charge of indecency with a child, one charge of serious sexual assault and one attempted serious sexual assault.
Roy Norry, 54, of Connah's Quay, faces four counts of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.
14 and whose disappearance is being handled as a homicide investigation, is listed as the victim for some of the charges, including those alleging kidnapping of a child and permitting an assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury.
April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).