produce an attack

produce an attack (of some illness)

To trigger a sudden or acute onset of some illness or its symptoms. All of the dust in the air produced an attack of asthma. After living with epilepsy for so long, I've learned to recognize what will produce an attack.
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produce an attack

(of an illness) Go to an attack (of an illness).
See also: attack, produce
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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They expect that Iran's resolve will produce an attack on Iran's nuclear installations.
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They failed to produce an attack worthy of the name in the second half as United produced master class in possession and movement and Everton defied belief with their passing in the final third.