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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

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

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!

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

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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The Intelligence and Security Committee of the UK parliament recognized in its last annual report the importance of offensive cyber capabilities for the UK's national security.
A report from Microsoft has urged states to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of offensive operations, pointing out that the ultimate aim of rules guiding offensive action should be to reduce conflict between states.
Meanwhile, the UK will be mindful of the fact that any use of offensive cyberattacks runs the risk of setting a precedent and escalating what is already likely to be a politically fragile situation.
The offensive has thus far killed hundreds of fighters, according to Syrian military sources, but remains one of the more difficult offensives due to Lattakia's mountainous terrain.
Offensives in central Syria's Homs, Hama and Idlib have continued to gain ground.
The offensive appears to be effective, as ISIL is moving fighters from Iraq to Syria, according to Defense Ministry intelligence.
Therefore, we need to realize that the non-execution of obligation, such as this issue, blocks every diplomatic offensive," Bajrami said.
While Minister Poposki announced diplomatic offensive, Ruzin reminds of PM Gruevski's statement--"even if we do not get set with a date in December, the sun will rise again."
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Monday denied British forces recently participated in joint offensive with Afghan forces in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
Some 80 solders, based in Camp Bastion, were involved in the offensive.
Mitchell's plan for the offensive looked pretty familiar, and if he were here today to brief his notion of how to get about this, I think you would recognize every bit of it.
And at the end of that four-day offensive, Mitchell's air component had flown about 2,500 sorties and delivered over 44,000 pounds of bombs.