first strike

noun

: a preemptive nuclear attack
first-strike adjective

Examples of first strike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About five minutes later the first strike of lightning hit the area, and the lawn started thinning out but thousands remained there as of 9:02 p.m. Piet Levy, Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2024 But there is one supporting character who bridges the different timelines: Henri (Djimon Hounsou), who helps Sam when the aliens first strike and later escapes on the ferry. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 29 June 2024 The record noted that the dog yelped in pain but made no further noise after the first strike of the bottle. Vivian Barrett, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2024 Variety’s editorial staff was quick to create the issue on deadline, publishing barely 48 hours after the WGA called its first strike in 15 years. Sharareh Drury, Variety, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for first strike 

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first strike was in 1956

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“First strike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20strike. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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