first strike


Definition of first strike

: a preemptive nuclear attack

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first-strike \ ˈfərs(t)-​ˈstrīk How to pronounce first-strike (audio) \ adjective

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As a refresher, Cooper and Shayk first struck up dating rumors in 2015, and engagement rumors followed at the end of 2016. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Red Carpet Appearance for the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Blackstone first struck a deal with Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which was also caught on the other side of Blackstone’s trade, then settled with Solus shortly before the 30-day window ran out. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "How Regulators Averted a Debacle in Credit-Default Swaps," 8 July 2018 Cooper and Shayk, who first struck up relationship rumors in 2015 and share a daughter together, barely make joint public appearances, let alone red carpet cameos. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Snuck In Lots of PDA During the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 YouTube issued its first strike against him earlier this year, then did so again this summer. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Apple crushed Alex Jones — then tossed him a lifeline," 8 Aug. 2018 The first strike, of course, is the commercial search. Fox News, "New evidence of political bias at Google; gender politics at play in Michigan Senate race," 21 Sep. 2018 Jenner, 21, and Scott, 26—who are parents to seven-month-old Stormi Webster—first struck up dating rumors at Coachella in April 2017, which the reality TV star says was their first date. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Confirmed She Lives with Travis Scott," 17 Aug. 2018 Dombrowski’s trade for Pearce — a first baseman and outfielder who mainly gives Boston a deeper bench — was simply the first strike. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Red Sox Fine-Tune Their Roster for a Visit With the Yankees," 29 June 2018 The Council of Professional Associations had organized a first strike a week ago, providing the spark for nightly street protests that eventually forced Jordan's prime minister to resign. Fox News, "Some Jordan unions go on warning strike to protest tax hikes," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of first strike

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first strike was in 1956

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English Language Learners Definition of first strike

: a nuclear attack against an enemy before the enemy can attack

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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