Take the initiative by beginning to attack or act aggressively: security forces took the offensive ten days ago
More example sentences
- Earlier he attempted to take the offensive, attacking the media coverage of the whole affair.
- Security forces have also gone on the offensive.
- A decisive call on working people to go on the offensive against the social attacks by the government would certainly get a response.
begin to attack, attack first, be aggressive, strike the first blow, start a war/battle/quarrel
informal be on the warpath