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go on (to) the offensive (or take the offensive)

Definition of go on to the offensive or take the offensive in English:

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.
Synonyms
begin to attack, attack first, be aggressive, strike the first blow, start a war/battle/quarrel
informal be on the warpath
See parent entry: offensive

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