Meaning of ATTACK in English

ATTACK

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bomb attack

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.

a critic attacks sth

Many critics attacked Seurat’s paintings for their lack of colour.

a knife attack

He was sentenced to 9 years in prison for a knife attack.

a panic attack

He had had a panic attack in the street.

a plan of attack (= a plan to attack or achieve something )

At this stage, you go back to the office and work on a plan of attack.

a racial attack

He was the victim of a racial attack.

a revenge attack

The camp was burned down, apparently in a revenge attack.

a surprise attack

Instead they launched a successful surprise attack on the castle.

a terrorist attack/bombing/act

More than 50 people were injured in the terrorist attack.

a violent attack

Blacks were more often victims of violent attacks than other ethnic groups.

a wave of violence/attacks/bombings

The incident triggered a wave of violence.

all-out war/attack/offensive etc

an attack of nerves (= a time when you feel very nervous )

Harrison had an attack of nerves before the match.

arson attack

The school was destroyed in an arson attack.

asthmatic attack

an asthmatic attack

attack a target

They have attacked military targets such as army camps and airfields.

brutal murder/attack/assault

a brutal attack on a defenceless old man

carry out an attack

It became clear that terrorists had carried out the attack.

carry out an attack

It became clear that terrorists had carried out the attack.

cross-border attack/raid

denial of service attack

fierce attack/opposition/criticism etc

The government’s policies came under fierce attack.

frenzied attack

A woman was stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on her home tonight.

full frontal attack

a full frontal attack on the government

full-scale attack/war/riot etc

have/suffer a heart attack

heart attack

You almost gave me a heart attack there!

horrific crash/accident/attack etc

a horrific plane crash

indiscriminate attacks/killing/violence/bombing etc

terrorists responsible for indiscriminate killing

launch an attack/assault/offensive

The press launched a vicious attack on the President.

lead an attack/assault

Nelson preferred to lead the attack himself from the front.

line of fire/attack/movement etc (= the direction in which someone shoots, attacks, moves etc )

I was directly in the animal’s line of attack.

massive stroke/heart attack etc

He suffered a massive stroke.

mortar attack

a mortar attack

mount an assault/attack

Guerrillas have mounted an attack on the capital.

physically attack sb

It was the first time he had ever physically attacked anybody.

pre-emptive strike/attack

a series of pre-emptive strikes on guerrilla bases

scathing attack/remark/comment etc

a scathing attack on the government’s planned tax increases

suffer a heart attack/stroke

He died after suffering a massive heart attack.

veiled attack on

His speech is being seen as a veiled attack on asylum-seekers.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

brutal

Mr Purohit, a leading figure in the Hindu community, had been murdered, in a brutal attack .

Father finds son on ground after brutal attack .

It was a brutal and mindless attack .

Detectives spoke of their disgust at the brutal attack .

fierce

The government was blamed and its tariff and trade policies came under fierce attack .

The fiercest attacks were directed not at Levin, but at Lautenberg, who was facing reelection the next year.

Since the mid-1960s Walcott's views have come under fierce attack .

Cannon and his co-workers launched a fierce attack on James.

The conference's failure to set limits came under fierce attack from environmentalists.

massive

The patient had come to the hospital for tests, and suffered a massive heart attack .

A Colonel Herbinger, drunk at the time, thought in his stupor that the enemy had launched a massive attack .

The massive attacks work well for the opening movement, with its homage to Bach.

Of course, he defied doctor's orders, and in 1977 he died of a massive heart attack , aged sixty.

In parts of Lincolnshire, for example, the early seventeenth century saw a massive attack on the former open fields.

Staff made frantic attempts to revive him but he is thought to have suffered a massive heart attack .

nuclear

Consequently, they might remove the base, thereby removing the reason for a nuclear attack .

The nation could ill afford a logy commander-in-chief in the event of nuclear attack .

My relatives and friends lived in fear of nuclear attack or bombardment by chemical weapons.

But like the old joke, they prepare for nuclear attack by gathering the wagons into a circle.

In any case the vast base was vulnerable to nuclear attack .

Nor will such a network of battle stations immediately end the threat of nuclear attack .

He was executive officer aboard the Honolulu, a nuclear attack submarine.

panic

It's as if she has panic attacks and a kind of phobia.

Richard was having a panic attack on Fifth Avenue, clutching a lamppost with arms that bulged like tin drums.

Thirty years ago we heard nothing about panic attacks , or anorexia or self-mutilation.

Certainly about ten percent of the population has suffered at least one panic attack .

Before the storm, I was full of anxiety, panic attacks , good and bad days.

Once you understand the panic attack problem, these particular fears of public places make perfect sense.

It has also been proven to combat anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and panic attacks .

It was manifesting itself in insomnia, panic attacks .

personal

Nothing could be more calculated to provoke fresh accusations or evidence than a personal attack on Cathy Woodhead.

But after weeks of personal attacks on the president, such speculation seems premature.

Respond to personal attack by getting angry or upset.

There was nothing personal in our attack .

Candidates also are resorting to personal attacks to get attention because their positions on most substantive issues are remarkably similar.

Perhaps with reason, Brown has regarded most legislative reform proposals as a personal attack on him.

I read message after message spouting racist doctrines, discriminatory diatribes and personal attacks .

racial

It looks at some appalling racial attacks , including a skinhead raid last June on a Gypsy camp near Naples.

These precautions are essential because of the danger of racial attacks .

We will continue to ensure that the full force of the law is used to deal with racial attacks .

After he was elected in November he revealed that he been the subject of racial attacks during his campaign.

Their gathering for the bus ride home is often the occasion for a racial attack .

■ NOUN

air

Coming in the midst of a presidential campaign, the air attack has generated the inevitable political rhetoric, bombast and pressure.

The air attack occurred in August 1988 during a campaign against the Kurdish separatist movement.

He also underlines further the riskiness of the Yamamoto plan, pointing to the high vulnerability of carriers to air attack .

There were no trains and the roads were under constant air attack .

This was the possibility of a sneak enemy air attack on Tokyo, the capital of the Empire.

Meanwhile, the air attacks continue.

He will need to sell his candidacy and meet the Democratic air attack with regularly televised speeches from the Senate floor.

arson

Richard Fielding, 21, has admitted an arson attack that killed seven members of the same family.

The hut at North Park, Darlington, was destroyed in an arson attack last year.

Who will pay?: Insurance fears after school arson attack .

Party workers have been rallying around since last Thursday night's arson attack which caused tens of thousands worth of damage.

Ten classrooms were gutted in the arson attack , and three fire fighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

It's expected to be some weeks before all the shops damaged in the arson attack can be re-opened.

Read in studio An airman who helped destroy evidence after a twenty million pound arson attack has been fined fifteen hundred pounds.

bomb

The commando had been planning a car bomb attack in Seville during its April fair.

From June 1944 the flying bomb attacks were less concentrated spatially, but even more destructive.

This development follows the first suicide bomb attack for two years.

Police were also seeking a motive for an attempted pipe bomb attack on a house in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.

heart

He later was rector of two other Norfolk parishes and retired in 1979 after a heart attack .

This study is the first to evaluate the role of food and fluids in preventing fainting and heart attacks in air travelers.

A 40-year-old man was airlifted to hospital from an Isle of Man-bound ferry after having a heart attack .

The court of appeals upheld the sentences for the two remaining after one died of a heart attack .

A heart attack , she said, and rang off before he could ask questions.

Bunn was released from trial during the summer after suffering a heart attack .

It was Anderson who discovered Tilden dead of a heart attack in June of 1953.

knife

Tensions were already running high after the knife attack on an Arsenal supporter the night before.

missile

Gates warned that Hussein probably expects another cruise missile attack .

If they wished, they could have ordered an artillery barrage or missile attack on the vehicles.

But the news broadcast after the first missile attack failed to mention it.

Instead, the arsenal ship would have relied on other warships to defend it against missile attacks .

Chief Petty Officer John Strange was badly injured during a missile attack .

The Pentagon ordered up cruise missile attacks from two of the six cruise-missile equipped warships on patrol in the Persian Gulf.

mortar

At 21 months, little Mirza is the youngest to be brought here from the mortar attacks and shelling around Sarajevo.

revenge

The Resistance firebombed the house and daubed swastikas on the walls in a revenge attack .

Many of them, however, are already out of prison, and there have been no reported revenge attacks by Hezbollah.

Detectives suspect the van bombing was a revenge attack .

Letter bomb: Revenge attack on farmer jailed for cruelty.

The Madurans launched revenge attacks and the situation deteriorated.

surprise

Speed of pursuit and a surprise attack gave Abram victory.

In the surprise attack , they torched the town and rounded up its inhabitants.

This would increase the warning time of any possible surprise attack .

No world leader would try to launch a surprise attack because the response would be terminal for his own nation.

His surprise attack routed the Chaos forces in the woods around the White Tower.

That could provide clues about who was behind the surprise attack .

It was also important to demonstrate the ability of nuclear forces to ride out a surprise attack .

Officially you are all going to be victims of a surprise attack on the rescue party by the native inhabitants.

■ VERB

come

Explain why the Keynesian model has come under increasing attack in recent years. 6.

Hiding under a seat in a movie theater that has come under attack by a crazed gunman.

Modern methods of livestock farming have come under severe attack since the 1989 outbreak of salmonella.

Alarcon said the man had illegally entered the country sometime prior to the aircraft coming under attack .

The regimes of both units came under considerable attack from the interviewees.

Meanwhile Mr Lamont came under attack for spending the whole of August away from his desk.

Air pollution and energy conservation aside, private vehicles also come under attack when we consider rural and urban environments.

The original Bill came under strong attack and fell when John Major called an April election.

launch

The World Champion launched a direct attack in the dying moments of the first session.

The doctor is launching a direct attack at the source of the allegations -- a lawsuit.

Grant launched an all-out attack on these defenses during the gusty,, rainy, and misty dawn of May 12.

Realizing that he was the better fighter, I decided to gain the upper hand by launching a surprise attack .

In response, the country launched an all-out attack on Freetown from Lungi airport on the outskirts of the city.

Lord Lane also launched a strong attack on the crisis in the crown and county courts.

You may even have to launch a complete attack before you can spell out your future intentions.

mount

Three men had mounted an incompetent attack on Trent at Bacalar.

Prevention is quiet, but politicians who mount all-out attacks on symptoms generate great publicity.

Thirdly, there was now a legal precedent upon which to mount attacks on politically inspired censorship.

Instead, the Republicans are expected to mount legal attacks on the environmental measures.

He then turned on the assembled crowd and mounted a scathing verbal attack on them.

North overcame the West 2-0 rather more easily, West hardly mounting a worthwhile attack .

No Soviet figure, let alone such a prominent one, had ever mounted such an attack in the Western press.

They said the case was prejudiced by a campaign by the Communist party to mount a political attack on Fiat.

suffer

He suffered a heart attack early in the game.

In the midst of a sermon, he suffered an apoplectic attack and remained unconscious for the rest of his life.

And in Dusseldorf police said a member of the Republican party suffered a heart attack after being beaten up by demonstrators.

Now I, suffering attacks of insecurity as they grow away from me, need to clutch them in the night.

The family travelled to Brno and to Olomouc, but nevertheless both Mozart and his sister suffered mild attacks of smallpox.

He was released from trial during the summer, after suffering a heart attack .

These children had suffered 25 attacks between them over a 59-day period.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

biological weapons/warfare/attack etc

He knew then that the mystery of Titron was only partly explained by the secret biological warfare establishment.

Regional conflicts - along with the proliferation of missiles and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons - present growing dangers.

Schwarzkopf strongly defended his field commanders from allegations that they were careless about chemical and biological weapons.

We tend to focus on nuclear but chemical and biological weapons, while not as devastating, would be plenty bad.

blistering attack/criticism etc

Bates also launched a blistering attack on the sports minister Kate Hoey.

The most humiliating thing for Mr Major was not the fact that it was Mr Lamont who made the blistering attack.

The religious press in the first decade of pentecostal history teems with blistering attacks on the new movement.

come under attack/fire/scrutiny etc

At a deeper level, however, the concept of the mentally abnormal female offender has come under scrutiny.

He added that to be accurate, the aircraft would have to risk coming under fire.

He said the company came under scrutiny along with other insurers after allegations were first made against Metropolitan Life in 1993.

In addition to facing the ire of frustrated riders, Muni has also come under fire recently from federal safety officials.

Patrick is generally regarded as having been an aggressive enforcer of civil-rights laws and often came under fire from conservatives.

Police came under attack from bottles, bricks and plastic crates.

Sir Derek came under fire from several shareholders.

Their vehicle came under fire but was not hit.

concerted effort/action/attack etc

As part of a concerted effort to reinvigorate residential communities, 2, 000 new houses have sprung up since 1990.

He said the pledge was meaningless unless a concerted effort was made to find legislative time for outstanding recommendations.

However, with a concerted effort, this research could be completed within 2 years.

If we are going to maintain the modern world, then concerted action for the future is urgently needed.

Prompt response to requests would help to ease the pressure as would a concerted effort being made to increase membership.

She has also made a concerted effort to improve her knowledge.

The end of the story, of course, is that the students' concerted efforts around the nation worked.

This change is part of a concerted effort to raise our profile with our international customers.

copycat crime/attack etc

However, 44% of you feel that these reports should leave the gory details out and 39% feel they encourage copycat crimes.

What about fingerprints, copycat crimes and serial murders?

frontal attack/assault

A full frontal assault right in the snout.

But the frontal assault on Cobdenite assumptions was the challenge to free trade itself.

Efforts should then be entirely concentrated on the frontal attack.

Gorbad, still weak from the wound suffered at Grunberg, was unprepared for a frontal assault.

If we were fit, a frontal assault would be suicide.

The congress went further, straying close to a frontal attack on the ruling party.

They are a frontal assault of the Devil not only upon believers but on human beings everywhere.

give sb/have a heart attack

Doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary are to assess the benefits of giving magnesium to heart attack victims immediately after an attack.

I will surely give some one a heart attack ... I have varicose veins in my legs.

That ought to give Francois a heart attack.

smash-and-grab raid/attack etc

stinging attack/report/letter etc

Mr Smith launched a stinging attack on John Major, ridiculing him as a man who has lost control of events.

The company which used to give £40,000 a year to Tory funds, launched a stinging attack on Government policies.

What upsets her much more than the two columns is a stinging letter to the editor published in the sports pages.

suicide attack/mission/bombing etc

As Delbert saw it, they went on suicide missions, which was just the kind of action he wanted.

His suicide mission came as a surprise to more people than just his family.

The powers-that-be decide to send you on a suicide mission - nice peeps, aren't they?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a number of brutal and unprovoked attacks on gays

an asthma attack

Eleven people were injured in a rocket attack on Sunday night.

Fong did not suffer a physical attack , but he was humiliated by the three men.

France launched a bitter attack on EU proposals to reduce farm subsidies.

International terrorists have mounted an attack aimed at disrupting the huge tourist industry here.

Malaria often doesn't go away completely, and a patent may suffer from repeated attacks over several years.

missile attacks on civilian targets

New statistics show a further increase in attacks on women.

O'Brien promised to continue his attacks on the film industry.

Once again the oil companies have come under attack from environmentalists.

One of my students suddenly had an attack of asthma and I didn't know what to do.

Police say it was a particularly nasty attack .

She was left unconscious after an attack in her own home.

The attack took place as she was walking home.

The caller warned that the attacks will continue until the demands are met.

The city is exposed and vulnerable to air attack .

Their home was damaged in the attack .

There was no indication of a sexual attack .

They finally caught the gang responsible for the armed attacks on foreigners in Dakar.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

At this time the Union center, having reformed after falling back under the early attacks, was still standing fast.

But most animals, seeking to avoid attack from predators, use disguise in a quite different and more cautious way.

Hiding under a seat in a movie theater that has come under attack by a crazed gunman.

Lumbering was an attack operation, as thoroughly strategic and disciplined as a military siege.

Officially you are all going to be victims of a surprise attack on the rescue party by the native inhabitants.

The air attack occurred in August 1988 during a campaign against the Kurdish separatist movement.

Your father died early this morning of a heart attack .

II. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

biological weapons/warfare/attack etc

He knew then that the mystery of Titron was only partly explained by the secret biological warfare establishment.

Regional conflicts - along with the proliferation of missiles and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons - present growing dangers.

Schwarzkopf strongly defended his field commanders from allegations that they were careless about chemical and biological weapons.

We tend to focus on nuclear but chemical and biological weapons, while not as devastating, would be plenty bad.

blistering attack/criticism etc

Bates also launched a blistering attack on the sports minister Kate Hoey.

The most humiliating thing for Mr Major was not the fact that it was Mr Lamont who made the blistering attack.

The religious press in the first decade of pentecostal history teems with blistering attacks on the new movement.

concerted effort/action/attack etc

As part of a concerted effort to reinvigorate residential communities, 2, 000 new houses have sprung up since 1990.

He said the pledge was meaningless unless a concerted effort was made to find legislative time for outstanding recommendations.

However, with a concerted effort, this research could be completed within 2 years.

If we are going to maintain the modern world, then concerted action for the future is urgently needed.

Prompt response to requests would help to ease the pressure as would a concerted effort being made to increase membership.

She has also made a concerted effort to improve her knowledge.

The end of the story, of course, is that the students' concerted efforts around the nation worked.

This change is part of a concerted effort to raise our profile with our international customers.

copycat crime/attack etc

However, 44% of you feel that these reports should leave the gory details out and 39% feel they encourage copycat crimes.

What about fingerprints, copycat crimes and serial murders?

frontal attack/assault

A full frontal assault right in the snout.

But the frontal assault on Cobdenite assumptions was the challenge to free trade itself.

Efforts should then be entirely concentrated on the frontal attack.

Gorbad, still weak from the wound suffered at Grunberg, was unprepared for a frontal assault.

If we were fit, a frontal assault would be suicide.

The congress went further, straying close to a frontal attack on the ruling party.

They are a frontal assault of the Devil not only upon believers but on human beings everywhere.

give sb/have a heart attack

Doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary are to assess the benefits of giving magnesium to heart attack victims immediately after an attack.

I will surely give some one a heart attack ... I have varicose veins in my legs.

That ought to give Francois a heart attack.

smash-and-grab raid/attack etc

stinging attack/report/letter etc

Mr Smith launched a stinging attack on John Major, ridiculing him as a man who has lost control of events.

The company which used to give £40,000 a year to Tory funds, launched a stinging attack on Government policies.

What upsets her much more than the two columns is a stinging letter to the editor published in the sports pages.

suicide attack/mission/bombing etc

As Delbert saw it, they went on suicide missions, which was just the kind of action he wanted.

His suicide mission came as a surprise to more people than just his family.

The powers-that-be decide to send you on a suicide mission - nice peeps, aren't they?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A woman was attacked by three youths while she was out jogging in Central Park.

Brown Bears have been know to attack human beings.

General Powell consulted with the President before giving the order to attack .

Guerrillas attacked an army patrol.

He was badly injured when one of his own bulls attacked him.

Her husband attacked her with a knife.

Many women feel vulnerable to attack .

On 25 April, British and Australian troops attacked the enemy at Gallipoli.

Police dogs are trained to attack in certain circumstances.

Several actors have attacked proposals to cut the theatre's budget.

The bill has been attacked because it will put loggers out of work.

The Canadian team began to attack more in the second half of the game.

The special unit attacked at dawn, inflicting heavy losses.

The village had been attacked by enemy warplanes.

The virus attacks the body's immune system.

There are several ways to attack the problem of rising rents.

Union leaders attacked management for eliminating employee health benefits.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

A hostile nation has attacked with the silent and invisible weapons of cyberspace.

But potential obstacles can not be allowed to attack the legitimacy or undermine the potential feasibility of a new state.

Nine days ago, a 26 year old woman was also attacked as she walked along New Road.

Silence reigned for some time as they attacked the meal.

What's happened to it, have you been attacked by tigers?

Whoever is afraid of cholera will be attacked, and no treatment can save him.

Yet when Ruksana Khan was attacked, the Home Secretary visited her in hospital and everything.

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