go on the attack

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of go on the attack

1 : to begin an attack
  • The team went on the attack and quickly scored a goal.
2 : to be strongly critical or opposing
  • The candidate went on the attack and accused his opponent of lying.
  • Opponents of the project went on the attack and defeated the land sale.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

attack play
  1. : to set upon or work against forcefully

  2. : to assail with unfriendly or bitter words

  3. : to begin to affect or to act on injuriously

  1. : the act of attacking with physical force or unfriendly words : assault

  2. : a belligerent or antagonistic action

  3. : a fit of sickness

  1. : designed, planned, or used for carrying out a military attack


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