first strike

first strike
UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "first strike":
singular first strike plural first strikes
an attack with nuclear weapons that is intended to destroy an enemy's nuclear weapons

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  • first strike — n an attack made on your enemy before they attack you, especially an attack made using ↑nuclear weapons …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • first strike — n. 1) to carry out, make a first strike 2) (misc.) a first strike capability * * * [ˌfɜːst straɪk] make a first strike (misc.) a first strike capability to carry out …   Combinatory dictionary

  • first strike —    unannounced aggression    A use referring to an attack before war has been declared; otherwise it would not be euphemistic. A first strike capability is an ability to attack another with nuclear weapons without prior warning.    See also… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • first strike — noun Date: 1960 a preemptive nuclear attack • first strike adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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