make an attempt on (someone's) life

Definition of make an attempt on (someone's) life

  1. :  to try to kill (someone) A would-be assassin made an attempt on the President's life.

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

attemptplay
  1. :  to make an effort to do, accomplish, solve, or effect

    :  tempt

    :  to try to subdue or take by force :  attack

  1. :  the act or an instance of trying to do or accomplish something :  an act or instance of attempting something

    :  an unsuccessful effort

    :  something resulting from or representing an attempt

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

lifeplay
  1. :  the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

    :  a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

    :  an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. :  of or relating to animate being

    :  lifelong

    :  using a living model


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