under assault

Definition of under assault

:being attacked or severely criticized
  • The city is under assault from enemy troops.
  • Their personal freedoms are (coming) under assault by the government.
  • He came under assault for his unusual beliefs.

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

assault play
  1. : a violent physical or verbal attack

  2. : a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces

  3. : a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)

  1. : to make an assault on : to attack violently

  2. : rape

  3. : to make an assault


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