take the offensive

Definition of take the offensive

  1. :  to begin to attack or fight against someone or something Opponents of the development project took the offensive and defeated the land sale.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

  1. :  making attack :  aggressive

    :  of, relating to, or designed for attack

    :  of or relating to an attempt to score in a game or contest

  1. :  the act of an attacking party

    :  attack

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