banzai attack


: a mass attack by Japanese soldiers in World War II
also : an all-out usually desperate attack

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The fighting was fierce and ended with a massed banzai attack — the first such all-out charge that Americans would face in the bloody island-hopping campaign. Jesse Leavenworth,, 11 Nov. 2020 As the tide rose and the Marines finally began to push in, the remaining Japanese troops launched an all-out banzai attack. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 28 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of banzai attack was in 1944

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“Banzai attack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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