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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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We are also calling for tougher sentences for those who assault the police.
Neil Pheonix, 63, of New Broughton, Wrexham, faces one charge of indecent assault on a male.
Neil Pheonix, 62, of Wrexham, faces one charge of indecent assault.
Sierra was arraigned on charges of kidnapping of a child, four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (belt or knife), two counts of assault and battery, three counts of reckless endangerment of a child and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and assault and battery on a child causing bodily injury.
Participants were interested in providing their support for sexual assault awareness and prevention.
Aggravated Assault Table, "Aggravated Assault, Types of Weapons Used, Percent Distribution by Region, 2012"
The time frame in which the fewest officer assaults happened was 6:01 to 8 a.
Jacob Renald Smith, 22, is charged in six incidents in 2003 involving assaults, sex crimes -- including some against women who had small children with them -- and a home-invasion robbery in which a woman in her 60s was shot in the chest.
There is evidence that continued command emphasis on sexual assault prevention, combined with policy and training initiatives by both the Army and DOD, have helped Soldiers recognize that sexual assault as a crime that needs to be reported and have created more of a willingness by some victims to report incidents.
In the few studies of women who assault men, women assaulters were more likely to have experienced past sexual abuse, to hold stereotypical attitudes about male sexuality, and to believe that typical female roles are restrictive (Anderson, Kontos & Tanigoshi, 2002 Shea, 1998).
Many so-called assault weapons covered by the law that just expired are not even particularly powerful compared to hunting dries, using amino of smaller caliber and lower velocities.
The overwhelming majority of incidents of sexual assault that occur in the United States is never reported.
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.