attack

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noun
1 violence against sb
ADJECTIVE
brutal, frenzied, horrific, savage, serious, vicious, violent
unprovoked

Stephen had died in an unprovoked racist attack.

homophobic, racist
arson, gun, knife

an increase in knife attacks on police officers

sexual
… OF ATTACKS
series, spate, wave
VERB + ATTACK
carry out

Two teenagers carried out a frenzied attack on a taxi driver.

be subjected to

He was subjected to a violent attack.

block, dodge
ATTACK + VERB
happen, occur, take place

Where did the attack happen?

PREPOSITION
attack against

vicious attacks against senior citizens

attack by

an attack by an armed gang

attack on

an attack on a bus driver

PHRASES
a victim of an attack
2 act of violence in war
ADJECTIVE
all-out, full-scale, major
sustained
deadly, devastating
horrific
sneak, surprise

the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor

retaliatory
pre-emptive

The administration may launch a pre-emptive attack against terrorist bases.

mock
direct, flank, frontal
enemy, guerrilla, insurgent, terror, terrorist
suicide
air, bomb, missile, mortar, nuclear, rocket
biological, chemical
… OF ATTACKS
series

The border towns have suffered a series of attacks.

VERB + ATTACK
carry out, launch, lead, make, mount, spearhead

The soldiers mounted an all-out attack on the town.

come under, suffer

They came under sustained attack from the air.

repel, repulse, resist
prevent, stop
survive, withstand

Most of the population would stand little chance of surviving a nuclear attack.

press (esp. AmE), press home (esp. BrE), renew

Bombers renewed their attack, causing severe damage to bridges.

plan
ATTACK + VERB
come, happen, occur, take place

The attack took place under cover of darkness.

continue
fail, succeed
PREPOSITION
under attack

The province has been under attack from the rebels.

attack against

attacks against civilians

attack by

an attack by rebel forces

attack on

an attack on enemy positions

3 criticism
ADJECTIVE
bitter, blistering, devastating, fierce, outspoken (BrE), savage, scathing, scurrilous, stinging, vigorous
personal

It was seen as a personal attack on the president.

concerted
direct
verbal
VERB + ATTACK
deliver, go on the, launch, make, mount, unleash

Doctors have gone on the attack, accusing the government of incompetence.

come under, provoke

All politicians come under attack for their views.

The government's decision has provoked an attack from leaders of the health service.

PREPOSITION
attack on, attack upon

an attack on my integrity

PHRASES
a/the line of attack

The first line of attack is often name-calling.

open to attack

He has laid himself wide open to attack.

4 sudden illness
ADJECTIVE
acute, sudden
bad, nasty, severe
fatal
mild, slight
recurrent
asthma, heart, panic

a fatal heart attack

VERB + ATTACK
experience, have, suffer, suffer from

He suffers from attacks of anxiety.

bring on, cause, trigger

a heart attack brought on by stress

ATTACK + VERB
happen, occur, take place
PREPOSITION
attack of

a sudden attack of nerves

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verb
1 use violence
ADVERB
brutally, savagely, viciously, violently

They were brutally attacked by two men.

physically
repeatedly
PREPOSITION
with

He attacked her with a knife.

2 criticize
ADVERB
fiercely, savagely, strongly, vigorously
repeatedly
directly
PREPOSITION
for

The police have been strongly attacked for not taking immediate action.

Attack is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑aircraft, ↑army, ↑article, ↑critic, ↑demonstrator, ↑dog, ↑enemy, ↑fanatic, ↑lion, ↑mob, ↑monster, ↑rapist, ↑rebel, ↑report, ↑shark, ↑tank, ↑troops, ↑vandal, ↑virus
Attack is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bacteria, ↑barracks, ↑base, ↑camp, ↑castle, ↑cell, ↑civilian, ↑convoy, ↑corruption, ↑country, ↑embassy, ↑enemy, ↑flank, ↑fort, ↑fortress, ↑neighbour, ↑opponent, ↑patrol, ↑problem, ↑rebel, ↑ship, ↑target, ↑vessel

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