English version

first strike

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Military
first strikeˌfirst ˈstrike noun [countable]  PMWARan attack made on your enemy before they attack you, especially an attack made using nuclear weapons
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first strikeThe reason he survived the first strike is the reason that you all escaped the second.There was a caretaker here, in the basement, when the first strike occurred.New Zealand took only four minutes before making their first strike with flanker Josh Kronfeld being awarded a try.
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