Flank attack

Related to Flank attack: frontal attack
(Mil.) an attack upon the side of an army or body of troops, distinguished from one upon its front or rear.

See also: Flank

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
He could understand flank attack. Often he and Michael had played at that, although it had only been playing.
So we made a flank attack around the end of the bar, shoved the protesting barkeepers aside, and helped ourselves to bottles.
Sarah, though checked by this flank attack, was herself an old hand in the art.
I nodded my head and proceeded to make a flank attack on the nearest harem.
He was shamed by his weakness, and when he had handed the paper she had given him to the British chief of staff, even though the information it contained permitted the British to frustrate a German flank attack, he was still much dissatisfied with himself.
Our men, beset with flank attacks, Surrender with their officers.
We can now expect an expose of some financial skullduggery which will sow more seeds, likely over the clumsy application of GST on its first anniversary, a survey or two from the IMF or World Bank indicating the failure of the demonetisation exercises and probably some sort of a flank attack on the 50 per cent increase in Swiss accounts held by Indians.
Tahrir al-Sham had lost Bastaron around 24 hours ago when al-Zinki fighters stormed it in a local flank attack amid ongoing clashes all across Western Aleppo.
Davis tells the story of the campaign from such perspectives as the Battle of Peachtree Creek, Hood's flank attack of July 22, Hood's railroad defense line and the fight at Utoy Creek, Hood tries to make good his losses, and Sherman's grand movement by the right flank.
At Averasboro, Confederate General Hardee battled Sherman's troops to a standstill, until a flank attack brought victory to the Union.
When Woll dispatched an infantry force early in the battle to turn the Texian line with a flank attack through the woods, Caldwell countered with a picked group of fighters armed with the most lethal close-combat weaponry of the era: shotguns.
March meanwhile had detailed Douglas to mount a flank attack of his own against Hotspur's right.