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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ATTACKS

He attacks it as a bull a red cloak, goring it, stamping on it, tearing it to shreds.

In the attacks upon the Malakand position, about 700 tribesmen had perished.

The attacks of the reserves were repulsed and the Italians held the mountain.

Their force comprised about a brigade; but the French repulsed all attacks.

By nightfall the Germans seemed to have wearied of the attacks.

In the distance there were attacks upon walls, and we could hear the resounding shocks.

But now the first of the attacks which had been announced came on.

No, it is not their attacks we fear but their refusal to furnish us with supplies.

Yes, he said, that is the true way of meeting the attacks of fortune.

He means that attacks on the Divine-right of kings must at all hazards be choked off.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1600, from French attaquer (16c.), from Florentine Italian attaccare (battaglia) "join (battle)," thus the word is a doublet of attach, which was used 15c.-17c. also in the sense now reserved to attack. Related: Attacked; attacking.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.