first strike


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first strike

n.
A preemptive attack against an enemy, especially one using nuclear weapons against an enemy armed with nuclear weapons.

first′-strike′ adj.

first′ strike′


n.
a preemptive use of nuclear weapons in a conflict.

first strike

The first offensive move of a war. (Generally associated with nuclear operations.)
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Noun1.first strike - the initial use of nuclear weapons to attack a country that also has nuclear weapons; considered feasible only when the attacker can destroy the other country's ability to retaliate; "the Pakistani president promised no first strike against India"
strike - an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective; "the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn"
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