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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?
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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.
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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.
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*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.
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produce an attack

(of an illness) Go to an attack (of an illness).
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suffer an attack

 (of an illness)
1. Go to an attack (of an illness).
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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.
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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.
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Later, Munich police spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins told reporters: "We have arrested a person who very strongly resembles the description by witnesses, but we cannot confirm that he is the attacker.
amp;nbsp;The police have not yet identified the attacker and have urged the people to stay calm.
The attackers killed seven people and wounded several others, Tasmin said.
Attackers have the added benefit of access to free open-source pen-testing tools like Evil Grade, which helps exploit faulty update implementations to inject bogus software updates.
In the attack at the Stade de France, two of the attackers were so carried away that they set off their suicide belts unprovoked.
The attacker came to Germany two years ago as an unaccompanied minor, and applied for asylum in March last year.
We first show that an attacker controlling the alignment and reuse of data in memory is able to perform byte-by-byte disclosure of sensitive data (such as randomized 64 bit pointers).
The car used by the attackers was found abandoned in the district's Karsly neighborhood.
26, that 3 suicide attackers, wearing explosive vests, tried to storm the headquarters of the 1st Rapid Reaction Brigade in Karmeh district, east of Falluja.
Keywords: data privacy, game theory, attacker model
Zareen said the slain attacker was wearing a suicide jacket and the second attacker fled toward nearby offices.
By using text messaging or e-mail, an attacker could lure you to a malicious site or convince you to install malicious code on your portable device.
The attacker spins away and plays the ball back to a teammate and the sequence starts again.
SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudi ambassador to Pakistan denied an Al Qaeda claim that a suicide attacker who bombed the Danish embassy in Islamabad last month was a Saudi.
People yelled at the attacker and beeped car horns at him as he continued the attack and the woman yelled for help.