heavy artillery


: a more powerful version of something
His first argument didn't work, so he changed his approach and brought out the heavy artillery.

Examples of heavy artillery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents in Gaza City said the fighting intensified overnight into Wednesday, with gunfire, heavy artillery and airstrikes. Josef Federman, arkansasonline.com, 23 Nov. 2023 Azerbaijan’s September blitz involving heavy artillery, rocket launchers, and drones – largely supplied by Israel and Turkey, according to experts – forced Armenian separatist authorities to lay down their weapons and sit down for talks on the future of the separatist region. Isabel Debre, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Oct. 2023 In late June, amid heavy artillery fire and intense urban fighting, Russia took the major city of Sievierodonetsk. Hope Hodge Seck, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2023 On the night of February 7th, four hundred Wagner troops, accompanied by Russian T-72 tanks and heavy artillery, began to advance; Gabidullin and fifty Syrian fighters were expected to secure one of the flanks. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 Residents said clashes involving heavy artillery began again around 11 a.m. Hafiz Haroun, Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2023 The Russians bombard Ukrainian positions with heavy artillery from miles away and send small bands of soldiers to try to infiltrate Ukrainian trenches in the dark of night. Tyler Hicks Marc Santora, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2023 Yet, even in the face of heavy artillery and indiscriminate air strikes, under-armed rebels have consistently been able to hold on to large swaths of cities. Michael Jackson, Foreign Affairs, 7 Dec. 2016 To advance, Ukraine’s military has engaged in cat-and-mouse efforts to find openings and weak spots where smaller units can slip in, hit targets and roll out, while heavy artillery pops off from farther away. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 9 July 2023 See More

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“Heavy artillery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavy%20artillery. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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