first strike


Definition of first strike

: a preemptive nuclear attack

Other Words from first strike

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

Examples of first strike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 90% of workers rejected the contract in an Oct. 10 ratification vote, setting up the first strike of Deere in 35 years. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Oct. 2021 The pipe may have taken on a slight crack that grew worse over time, or may have survived the first strike intact but suffered damage in another incident, Neubauer said. Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Eventually, though, the boom will create a major affordability problem that will first strike the coastal metros that are still advancing in double digits, and eventually reach the venues offering those super buys. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2021 If the Soviet Union destroyed those radars, U.S. forces would be effectively blinded, unable to see a first strike by the rest of the enemy's missile force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 20 Oct. 2021 Facing the prospect of a walkout by sound technicians, carpenters, makeup artists, set decorators, costume designers and other production workers in what would have been the first strike in the union’s 128-year history, producers settled. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 The first strike of 65 yards came with 8:20 left in the half and tied the game at 17-17. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2021 The competition gets real when Big D and Xavier come through with a win and give Azah her first strike. Kyle Fowle,, 23 Sep. 2021 The first strike receives no consequences; two and three strikes each result in a 12-hour suspension; and four strikes means a seven-day suspension. Clare Duffy, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of first strike

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“First strike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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


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