To go on the offensive


To go on the offensive
Offensive Of*fen"sive, n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to {defensive}. [1913 Webster]

{To take the offensive}, {To act on the offensive}, {To go on the offensive}, to be the attacking party; to initiate hostilities. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To act on the offensive — Offensive Of*fen sive, n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; opposed to {defensive}. [1913 Webster] {To take the offensive}, {To act on the offensive}, {To go on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • go on (to) the offensive — go on (to) the ofˈfensive | take the ofˈfensive idiom to start attacking sb/sth before they start attacking you Main entry: ↑offensiveidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • To take the offensive — Offensive Of*fen sive, n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; opposed to {defensive}. [1913 Webster] {To take the offensive}, {To act on the offensive}, {To go on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • on the offensive — adjective actively attacking • Similar to: ↑offensive * * * on the offensive : in or into a situation or position in which you attack or fight against someone or something The soldiers are on the offensive. She went on the offensive to fight the… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • take the offensive — to begin to attack or fight against someone or something Opponents of the development project took the offensive and defeated the land sale. • • • Main Entry: ↑offensive * * * go on (to) the ofˈfensive | take the ofˈfensive idiom to start attack …   Useful english dictionary

  • go on the offensive — or take the offensive to begin to attack or criticize someone who you think is attacking you Under pressure from his critics, the minister decided to go on the offensive …   English dictionary

  • take the offensive — go on the offensive or take the offensive to begin to attack or criticize someone who you think is attacking you Under pressure from his critics, the minister decided to go on the offensive …   English dictionary