first strike

noun
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of first strike

: a preemptive nuclear attack

first-strike

play \ˈfərs(t)-ˈstrīk\ adjective

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First Known Use of first strike

1956

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


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