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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: 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!
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If a company cannot evade a responsibility that clearly exists, the company can reduce the offensiveness of the act, which can include image bolstering (puffery), minimization (the crisis is not very bad), differentiation (this crisis was different from more offensive crises), transcendence (the good we do as an organization far outweighs the damage done by this one crisis), reducing the credibility of the accuser (also called counter attack), and victim compensation.
Since T-shirts are common dress for many adolescents, it is our hope that the results of our small but telling research study will help explain what high school students view as offensive, as well as how perceptions of offensiveness might affect dress and behavior.
Certain paragraphs of the editorial 'Let us embrace the African Diaspora' could have been deleted to correct its offensiveness.
9 KALUP LINZY Linzy has the stylish charm of Cab Calloway and the gleeful offensiveness of John Waters.
And he has helpfully given each word or phrase a star rating to illustrate its offensiveness, clearly an unscientific and arbitrary strategy, but who could argue with a five-star rating going to "with all due respect" (before launching into an atrocious personal attack) and "joined up thinking"?
Smelly Christians, faithful Christians, don't have to worry about issues of anonymity nor offensiveness, just faithfulness.
You feed off us economically, socially, mentally, and spiritually and I refuse to allow this offensiveness to continue without stating the truth.
The forty specifics are grouped into eight general headings: coercion, offensiveness, manipulation, assertiveness, confounding, obstruction, persuasion, and cooperation.
Bush's tenure, and it is to be hoped that the spats in Santiago will prompt the administration to pay more attention to the potential offensiveness of its attitudes.
But more important than an ad's potential offensiveness is that vulgar slogans often don't translate into product recognition.
It is a testament to her novelist's skill in giving us people, warts and all, complex in their humanity, even when overflowing with eccentricity or offensiveness.
But this is a claim about the offensiveness of exclusion.
In a circular pathway, Bloom arrives at the view that offensiveness characterizes a lot of Jewish humor, a quality common to outsiders.
This is dealt with in such a manner that there is no offensiveness in sight, quite the contrary.