to come under attack

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of to come under attack

: to be attacked
  • The troops suddenly came under attack.
  • The new policy has come under attack by environmentalists.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

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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