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a good defense is the best offense
The best way to give oneself the opportunity to succeed is to secure oneself against risk, danger, or one's opponents. An inversion of the standard phrase "the best defense is a good offense." They have a lot of scoring power, so we need to stay strong on our side of the court and wear them out. A good defense is the best offense, girls. Succeeding in the stock market takes prudence, careful planning, and plenty of risk management. As they say, a good defense is the best offense. That team definitely believes that a good defense is the best offense—they don't have a ton of scorers, but they have a solid enough defense to win close games.
a good offense is the best defense
The best way to protect oneself is to proactively attack one's opponents or enemies. They will then be too occupied with defending themselves to stage an attack of their own. They have a lot of scoring power, so we need to attack the goal early and wear them out. A good offense is the best defense. I've always believed that a good offense is the best defense. We'll only be able to secure our borders if we are quick to eradicate any nearby threats with as much force as possible. With how much our first line has been scoring, I knew we could easily dominate the other team. A good defense is the best offense, right?
give offense (to someone or something)
To cause tension or displeasure for someone or something. I tried to choose my words carefully, but, due to the controversial subject matter, I feared that I would give offense to the committee no matter what I said. If you really want to get this job, don't do or say anything that would give offense.
A crime, misdeed, or impropriety that is (hyperbolically) perceived to warrant death by hanging. Primarily heard in US. Political correctness has become so authoritarian these days that saying anything with even the slightest derogatory implication is seen as a hanging offense!
What I have said or am about to say is not meant to offend or insult you, even though it could be interpreted that way. No offense, but I think it may be time you cleaned up your kitchen. All I'm saying is that I think we could use some more help with the renovation. No offense, John, you've been a big help.
no offense meant
What I have said or am about to say is not meant to offend or insult you, even though it could be interpreted that way. No offense meant, but I think it may be time you cleaned up your kitchen. All I'm saying is that I think we could use some more help with the renovation—no offense meant.
no offense taken
I was not offended or insulted by what you just said. A: "Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that we didn't appreciate your help!" B: "No worries, no offense taken."
take offence (at something)
To be or feel insulted, offended, or humiliated by something. Primarily heard in UK. I know your jokes were made completely in jest, but I couldn't help taking offence at them. I noticed your parents leaving in a bit of a huff earlier; I do hope they haven't taken offence.
the best defense is a good offense
Proactively attacking one's opponents or enemies is the best way to protect oneself, since they will be too occupied with defending themselves to stage an attack of their own. They have a lot of scoring power, so we need to attack the goal early and wear them out. The best defense is a good offense, girls. We'll only be able to secure our borders if we are quick to eradicate any nearby threats with as much force as possible. The best defense is a good offense.
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No offense meant.
I did not mean to offend [you]. (See also No offense taken.) Mary: Excuse that last remark. No offense meant. Susan: It's okay. I was not offended.
No offense taken.
I am not offended [by what you said]. (See also No offense meant.) Pete: Excuse that last remark. I did not want to offend you. Tom: It's okay. No offense taken.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Please don't feel insulted, I don't mean to offend you, as in No offense, but I think you're mistaken. This expression, first recorded in 1829, generally accompanies a statement that could be regarded as insulting but is not meant to be, as in the example.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
a hanging offencea fault or crime so serious that the perpetrator should be executed.
1998 Spectator It is hardly a hanging offence to overlook telegrams about a small African country, but surely the Prime Minister must read JIC reports?
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no ofˈfence(spoken) used to say that you do not mean to upset or insult somebody by something you say or do: No offence, but I’d really like to be on my own.
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