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go on the offensive

To begin attacking someone or adopting an aggressive attitude or position as a means of gaining a pre-emptive advantage. If you don't go on the offensive as soon as the debate starts, your opponent is going to walk all over you! Every time Mike and I start to fight, he immediately goes on the offensive and won't listen to my side of things.
See also: go, offensive, on

take the offensive

To begin attacking someone or adopting an aggressive attitude or position as a means of gaining a pre-emptive advantage. If you don't take the offensive as soon as the debate starts, your opponent is going to walk all over you! Every time Mike and I start to fight, he immediately takes the offensive and won't listen to my side of things.
See also: offensive, take

prawn cocktail offensive

The (often derisive) name used for politicians' efforts to gain financial support while attending a social event (where prawn cocktails are traditionally served). Primarily heard in UK. I don't want to go to this dinner party—it's just going to become another prawn cocktail offensive, and I'm sick of people asking me for money!

be on the offensive

To be in a mode of attack or aggressive action as a means of gaining an advantage; to be on the attack. If you aren't on the offensive as soon as the debate starts, your opponent is going to walk all over you! After spending weeks dodging scandal, his campaign is on the offensive again, accusing his opponent of misstating the facts.
See also: offensive, on

be on the ofˈfensive

be attacking somebody/something rather than waiting for them to attack you: The Scots were on the offensive for most of the game.The government is very much on the offensive in the fight against drugs. OPPOSITE: on/onto the defensive
See also: offensive, on

go on(to) the ofˈfensive

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take the ofˈfensive

start attacking somebody/something before they start attacking you: The president decided to take the offensive by developing a new strategy to discourage competition.
See also: go, offensive, on
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Kiefer played a great game offensively but he did not get enough support from the rest of the team,' said Guiao.
Our defense felt like they played hard, played well, but offensively, it gives you that feeling when you don't get points on the board, and you get field goals instead of touchdowns.
I don't think I'll get many at-bats the rest of the season and I didn't come back to help out offensively.
Perez said his team played flawless defense in support of Black, but couldn't get on track offensively.
Being one of the top rookies to deliver offensively is a feat in itself considering that Napoli didn't get called up to the major leagues until May 4.
Scioscia dismissed the notion Erstad had to be in a groove offensively before he was recalled.
Kennedy starter Jacob Miranda struck out six and allowed six hits, mixing his curveball, slider and fastball well to keep the Conquistadores off-balance offensively.
This year, And this is this year, when the Dodgers haven't bee nearly as good as advertised, they but clearly would be a whole lot worse if they didn't have Drew batting third, playing right field and essentially carrying them offensively.
Newcomers Matt Warr, Chris Kingsbury and Michael Loucks should also make an impact offensively, and right-hander Tommy Kimmerle is a top returning pitcher.
Lupul gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal seven minutes into the game, but the team stalled offensively, going 0-7 on the power play for the rest of the game.
Washington State's deliberate offense gets most teams out of sync offensively, but No.
No Roll: Freshman wing Michael Roll was performing well since Josh Shipp was lost for the season, but he was nonexistent offensively despite playing 30 minutes.
I guess it's being aggressive offensively and then defensive-wise, blocking shots and getting rebounds.
Defensively we've been getting the job one and offensively we're scoring a lot of goals.