go on the offensive


go on the offensive
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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.

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go on (or take) the offensive
take the initiative by beginning to attack or act aggressively

security forces took the offensive ten days ago


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  • 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

  • Cult of the offensive — Map of the Schlieffen Plan and planned French counter offensives Cult of the offensive refers to a strategic military dilemma, where leaders believe that offensive advantages are so great that a defending force would have no hope of repelling the …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • (be) on the offensive — be on the ofˈfensive idiom to be attacking sb/sth rather than waiting for them to attack you • The Scots were on the offensive for most of the game. • The government is very much on the offensive in the fight against drugs. Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • be on the offensive — ► be on the offensive be ready to act aggressively. Main Entry: ↑offensive …   English terms dictionary

  • be on the offensive — be ready to act aggressively. → offensive …   English new terms dictionary

  • be on the offensive — act or be ready to act aggressively …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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