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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 the support from the rest of the team," ended Guiao.
You haven't done much offensively, so just try to change the game some way defensively,'" James said.
In the first half, Longmeadow dominated offensively. The Colonials had problems getting the ball over midfield against the Lancers' staunch defense, but after Shrewsbury scored, Longmeadow seemed to come apart.
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I'm old enough to remember the offensively neutral way our national broadcaster covered the Falklands War 30 years ago.
"As much as it is a pain defensively, offensively he adds a massive threat with his ability, his pace and his shooting," said the England international.
The New York Jets may not be very good offensively, but they should beat Miami comfortably tonight.
The London council was reported to have created a 12-page booklet saying the jokes were "offensively sexist" and disrespectful to "family elders".
Offensively, Allison Mesick went 2-for-3, Skype had a double and teammates Hannah Gregg and Doty each had two singles.
It's got aclumsy plot, trite one liners and an offensively loud score, but it is brainless Friday night fun if that's what floats your boat.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday condemned the film as "offensively anti-Islamic".
JM: There is no question that change in our offensively philosophy was what put us on top.
Prior to this rule change, risk averse coaches were reluctant to adopt offensively aggressive strategies during overtime.
In the days of black-and-white television, anything totally white would have glistened offensively. Pale blue, however, appeared as white when broadcast.