return to the charge

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return to the charge

old-fashioned To return to some endeavor, especially an argument, to try and succeed or gain an advantage. His first tax bill having been defeated in the early 1990s, the senator is returning to the charge with a similar bill now that public sentiment has changed in his favor.
See also: charge, return

return to the charge

make a further attempt at something, especially in arguing a point. dated
Charge here is used in the sense of a headlong rush forward, usually associated with attacking soldiers in a battle.
See also: charge, return
References in classic literature ?
Frightened by the report, the condors drew back for a moment, but they almost instantly returned to the charge with extreme fury.
He received him on his sword and three times the general drew back on finding himself too closely engaged, and then returned to the charge.
Delamayn was the master of the house) Lady Jane returned to the charge.
Nothing daunted by this repulse, Nicholas returned to the charge next day, emboldened by the circumstance of Mr Linkinwater being in a very talkative and communicative mood; but, directly he resumed the theme, Tim relapsed into a state of most provoking taciturnity, and from answering in monosyllables, came to returning no answers at all, save such as were to be inferred from several grave nods and shrugs, which only served to whet that appetite for intelligence in Nicholas, which had already attained a most unreasonable height.
She quietly waited until he had done, and then returned to the charge.
Page reports the former John McGee-trained quartet of Arc runners returned to the charge of McGee's daughter Keeley yesterday.