- first strike
- unannounced aggressionA use referring to an attack before war has been declared; otherwise it would not be euphemistic. A first-strike capability is an ability to attack another with nuclear weapons without prior warning.See also second strike.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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first strike — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms first strike : singular first strike plural first strikes an attack with nuclear weapons that is intended to destroy an enemy s nuclear weapons … English dictionary
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