banzai attack


Definition of banzai attack

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

Examples of banzai attack in a Sentence

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,, "World War II veterans Bob and Jimmy Elsner — brothers in arms, brothers for life," 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, "Remains of 30 Service Members Killed in WWII Unearthed at Tarawa," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of banzai attack

1944, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2020

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“Banzai attack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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