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Surprise attack   /sərprˈaɪz ətˈæk/   Listen
Surprise attack

An attack without warning.  Synonym: coup de main.

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"Surprise attack" Quotes from Famous Books

... when the hunter arrives, the prisoner will in most cases feign death in the hope of getting free. That is true of most animals, and, furthermore, it will feign death even when other animals approach; but then, more often, its purpose is to secure the advantage of making a sudden or surprise attack." ...
— The Drama of the Forests - Romance and Adventure • Arthur Heming

... surprise — and a surprise attack in this great war had been called well nigh impossible. Even the German air service was fooled. As a result of its inability to anticipate General Byng's movements, the German fighting machine naturally lost ...
— The Boy Allies with Haig in Flanders • Clair W. Hayes

... Frank seriously. "They are mighty good scouts, both of them, and they think a lot of their old dad, too, I can tell you. Why, many a night"—his voice took on a reminiscent note and the girls felt once again that they were privileged in having a brief glimpse of the life "over there"—"when a surprise attack was scheduled for the next morning or we were waiting for some such manoeuvre from the enemy, Arnold would talk to me about his dad—that was the time when fellows got chummy, you know, and got to know each other's ...
— The Outdoor Girls at Wild Rose Lodge - or, The Hermit of Moonlight Falls • Laura Lee Hope

... neighbourhood with normal periods of trench duty and relief. The line held by the Brigade stretched south from the great Bapaume-Cambrai road. It was from these trenches that the northern part of the surprise attack against Cambrai was launched on 20th November. The enemy was ensconced in his Hindenburg Line, which took advantage of every undulation in the bare tableland. The villages in our occupation, Hermies, Doignies and Beaumetz, had all shared in the systematic devastation of the spring. The foremost ...
— The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T. F.) • Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser Cruttwell

... courage and determination grew stronger in the face of defeat and he firmly believed his fortunes would take a turn. After resting his troops, he made a surprise attack on General Howe at Germantown. He was in a fair way to success, when a heavy fog came on. The Americans could not tell their own soldiers apart from the enemy and a panic took place. But Washington, who was in the hottest of the fight, was not discouraged ...
— George Washington • Calista McCabe Courtenay

Words linked to "Surprise attack" :   terrorist attack, ambush, ambuscade, onset, onslaught, attack, onrush, trap, pre-emptive strike, lying in wait

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