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  • strong criticism
    • he published an unexpected attack on my work
  • the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)
    • the film was sensitive to attack by acids
    • open to attack by the elements
  • a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
    • an attack of diarrhea
  • a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
  • the act of attacking
    • attacks on women increased last year
    • they made an attempt on his life
  • ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation
    • his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons
    • an attack on inflation
    • his plan of attack was misguided
  • intense adverse criticism
    • Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party
    • the government has come under attack
    • don't give me any flak
  • an offensive move in a sport or game
    • they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning
  • (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
    • the attack began at dawn
  • begin to injure
    • The cancer cells are attacking his liver
    • Rust is attacking the metal
  • set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task
    • I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed
  • attack someone physically or emotionally
    • The mugger assaulted the woman
    • Nightmares assailed him regularly
  • take the initiative and go on the offensive
    • The Serbs attacked the village at night
    • The visiting team started to attack
  • attack in speech or writing
    • The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker
  • launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
    • Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II
    • Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week
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