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an attack of (some illness)

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

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

Big Mac attack

A craving for a Big Mac sandwich from McDonald's. The phrase gained popularity through its use in commercials. Let's go to McDonald's for dinner—I'm having a real Big Mac attack.
See also: attack, big, mac

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

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

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

phishing attack

An instance of someone stealing, or attempting to steal, personal information from someone else over the phone or on the internet by pretending to be someone or something that legitimately requires such details. We've gotten reports of an increasing number of phishing attacks being made against our customers recently. Remember, we will never ask you for your password under any circumstances, whether on the phone or by email. The use of the so-called dark web makes the culprits behind these phishing attacks nearly impossible to catch.
See also: attack, phish

produce an attack (of some illness)

To trigger a sudden or acute onset of some illness or its symptoms. All of the dust in the air produced an attack of asthma. After living with epilepsy for so long, I've learned to recognize what will produce an attack.
See also: attack, produce

smurf attack

slang A distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack that spoofs an intended victim's source IP and uses it to broadcast large numbers of Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packets to a large computer network in order to receive an overwhelming number of responses. The company's website has been down for nearly 72 hours after being hit by a smurf attack.
See also: attack, smurf

spoofing attack

The practice of stealing, or attempting to steal, personal information over the phone or on the internet by pretending to be someone or something that legitimately requires such details. We've gotten reports of an increasing number of spoofing attacks being made against our customers recently. Remember, we will never ask you for your password under any circumstances, whether on the phone or by email. The use of the so-called dark web makes the culprits behind these spoofing attacks nearly impossible to catch.
See also: attack, spoof

suffer an attack of (some illness)

To be stricken by a sudden or acute onset of some kind of illness or its symptoms. I went to bed early last night after suffering a severe attack of indigestion. He suffered an asthma attack halfway through the hike.
See also: attack, of, suffer

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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*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.
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.
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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.
See also: force
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In other cases, the defender and attacker might have goals whose end states are not easily comparable.
The knife attacker was reluctant to give evidence against his co-accused.
Munich police tweeted to give description of the attacker: "a man about 40 years, riding a black bike; wearing grey trousers, green training jacket, backpack+ sleeping mat."
Slow progress: Karachi knife attacker's accomplice remanded for questioning till October 18
According to Russia's Investigative Committee, that probes major crimes, the attacker stabbed passersby while moving along city's central street at around 11:20 a.m.
Attacking the update process of trusted software is a nifty side door for attackers, since users rely on the mechanism to receive valid updates and patches.
It might be argued that they put "the fear of death" into attackers. That is exactly wrong.
It might be argued that they put the fear of death into terrorist attackers. Such attackers mostly want to be killed.
Four people on the train were injured, along with a woman outside as the attacker fled.
"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).
on Tuesday The attackers fled the area and TE-rkmen was taken to hospital.
A DRIVER was repeatedly punched in the face and robbed by a road rage attacker.
(i) We propose a novel wormhole attacker detection scheme based on the mobile beacon and the successful detection probability is also theoretically analyzed.
He added that a military force killed two suicide attackers before reaching their goal, while the third suicide attacker was able to reach the Brigade-s main gate detonating his best of explosives without causing in casualties, except for material damages.
Most existing work models the background knowledge of one individual adversary or privacy attacker, or makes a worst-case assumption that attackers will act as one: colluding through sharing of background information.