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first strike

noun
1.
the initial use of nuclear weapons in a conflict, in which the attacker tries to destroy the adversary's strategic nuclear forces.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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  • He's teaching the bird to come in after the prey and then come in again if it misses its quarry on the first strike.
  • The first strike smashed the starboard rail, killing or maiming nine marines.
  • One sees that affectations do not first strike him as ludicrous, merely, but as detestable.
  • And also an obsession with the strategic first strike.
  • What it sees can at first strike an outsider as oddly romantic.
  • He organised its first strike, which led to his first stint in prison.
  • The land based missiles cannot be fueled in time to respond to a first strike.
  • The first strike is similar to the case against evolution.
  • Certain violations will put you up for expulsion after the first strike.
  • Pay attention, profilers have long warned, to a serial killer's first strike.

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