make an attempt on (someone's) life

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

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

  2. : tempt

  3. : 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

  2. : something resulting from or representing an attempt

  3. : attack, assault

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

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

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

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


make an attempt on someone's life

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Definition of make an attempt on someone's life

:to try to kill someone
  • Someone made an attempt on her life.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

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

  2. : tempt

  3. : 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

  2. : something resulting from or representing an attempt

  3. : attack, assault

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

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

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

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


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