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angle of attack

The position of an airplane as it moves through the air. What is our angle of attack, Captain? Are we going to be able to land this plane as planned?
See also: angle, attack, of

attack is the best form of defense

Launching an offensive is the best way to protect oneself. I need to start some rumors about Dean, before he comes after me. I know it sounds harsh, but attack is the best form of defense!
See also: attack, defense, form, of

an attack of

A sudden or acute onset of (an illness). I went to bed early last night after an attack of indigestion.
See also: attack, of

on the attack

Going after an opponent with aggression, forcefulness, and tenacity. England has been on the attack this entire second half, threatening a historic victory against the returning German champions. Often criticized for his calm and noncombative demeanor, the candidate made a point of being on the attack throughout the debate.
See also: attack, on

under attack

In the state of being attacked. Battle stations! We're under attack! I constantly feel like I'm under attack during these meetings, but a lot of these issues don't even relate to my department.
See also: attack

in force

1. Legally enforced; in effect. There was a law like that on the books, but I'm not sure it's still in force.
2. In a large group; at full strength, as of an army. The voters are going to come out against you in force if you don't change your position on this. You better believe the fans will be there in force to support the team at the critical road game.
See also: force

bloody nose attack

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 attack will just cause them to attack us more fiercely in return.
See also: attack, bloody, nose

*an attack

(of an illness) a bout of some sickness; an instance or acute case of some disease. (*Typically: have ~; produce ~; suffer ~.) Mr. Hodder had an attack of stomach upset that forced him to stay at home.
See also: attack

*in force

1. [of a rule or law] currently valid or in effect. (*Typically: be ~.) Is this rule in force now? The constitution is still in force.
2. Fig. in a very large group. (*Typically: arrive ~; attack ~.) The entire group arrived in force. The mosquitoes will attack in force this evening.
See also: force

produce an attack

(of an illness) Go to an attack (of an illness).
See also: attack, produce

suffer an attack

 (of an illness)
1. Go to an attack (of an illness).
See also: attack, suffer

in force

1. In full strength, in large numbers, as in Demonstrators were out in force. This usage originally alluded to a large military force. [Early 1300s]
2. Operative, binding, as in This rule is no longer in force. This usage originally alluded to the binding power of a law. [Late 1400s]
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in force

in great strength or numbers.
1989 Amy Wilentz The Rainy Season They turned out in force, armed with machetes and cocomacaques.
See also: force

Big Mac attack

n. a sudden and desperate need for a Big Mac sandwich, a product of the McDonald’s restaurant chain. (Big Mac is a protected trade name of McDonald’s.) I feel a Big Mac attack coming on!
See also: attack, big, mac

in force

1. In full strength; in large numbers: Demonstrators were out in force.
2. In effect; operative: a rule that is no longer in force.
See also: force
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Many e-business insurance policies specifically cover such events as denial-of-service attacks and malicious code attacks.
Do not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and think that what they are feeling is due to something else.
Those who don't have this enhanced propensity tend to get stable plaques, which are less likely to rupture and cause a heart attack.
If Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City can build a $15 million emergency control center for his administration that is designed to withstand a nuclear blast and contains a ventilation system that could be closed in case of a terrorist attack with chemical or biological weapons, then surely more can be done to increase the survivability chances for the average citizen.
Detecting bioterror attacks by screening blood donors: a best-case analysis.
The day of his death, Applebaum had returned to Israel from speaking at a conference in New York--timed for the the World Trade Center attack's second anniversary--on how doctors can best respond to terror attacks.
The city of Los Angeles has spent $138 million to boost security since the attacks and has developed plans to spend $148 million more.
Signature-based intrusion detection systems use an architecture of limited scalability that must fully inspect every packet against the whole database of attack signatures.
Wexler of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center underscores the apparent severity of heart attacks in younger women.
At the same time, an attack on a subway car or a bus calls for different measures than one that targets a subway or bus station.
If the reverse happens, we have to assume that the team is concentrating too much on scoring (rather than on protecting its lead), possibly because its skilled players are finding it easy to attack.
Kam highlights three reasons why-the quality of information available for judging and predicting enemy behavior, the persistence of conception even in the face of contradictory evidence, and the inherent interdependency of the many aspects of surprise attack that "makes it very difficult, perhaps even impossible, to locate the weak link in the chain and prevent future surprise attacks.
On Wednesday, AirDefense discovered 481 out of 847 wireless devices, such as laptops, PDAs, phones and vendor PCs susceptible to "Evil Twin" types of attacks, combined with some of the latest zero-day attacks.
The business impact of an attack on a network may be easy-to-quantify, such as interrupted business operations or damage to stored data.
There was no recorded piracy attack for the third quarter of 2015.