first strike

noun

Definition of first strike 

: a preemptive nuclear attack

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first-strike \ ˈfərs(t)-​ˈstrīk \ adjective

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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 Moon's efforts to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. first strike pushed Trump and Kim to take a risk. Zeke Miller And Catherine Lucey, chicagotribune.com, "Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in North Korea summit," 10 June 2018 The South Korean leader's efforts to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. first strike pushed both leaders to take a risk. Fox News, "Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in summit with Kim," 10 June 2018 These vessels would survive a first strike and retaliate, which is meant to prevent an enemy from ever using its weapons. Dimitrios Mitsopoulos, Popular Mechanics, "All the Nuclear Missile Submarines in the World in One Chart," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of first strike

1956, in the meaning defined above

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first strike

noun

English Language Learners Definition of first strike

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

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