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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

... Germans are in the trench. They have two machine guns and will raise the devil with us unless we get them out. It will cost a good many lives if we attempt to take the position by attack, but we are under the impression that a bombing party in the night on a surprise attack will be able to take it with little loss of life. Take your twelve men out there at ten o'clock and take that trench! You will take only bombs with you. You and Mr. May will have revolvers. After taking the trench, consolidate it, and before morning there will be relief sent out to ...
— A Yankee in the Trenches • R. Derby Holmes

... illumined the movement with innumerable flares which made the Indians easy targets for the machine guns and rifles of the Teutons in that part of the line. So quick was the work to repel the attack that many of the Indians were slain as they were climbing out of their own trenches. As a surprise attack at night, the British were not making much of a success of their plan, but as a method of gaining ground and keeping their enemy busy on that particular part of the line the men of their Second Division were effective. They dashed into the first line of German trenches and ...
— The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII) - History of the European War from Official Sources • Various

... 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 souls—and ...
— The Outdoor Girls at Wild Rose Lodge - or, The Hermit of Moonlight Falls • Laura Lee Hope

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

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