Grammar Patterns

N on n

The 'attack' group

These nouns refer to a physical or verbal attack on someone or something.
The letter is an attack on the Prime Minister from start to finish, and not a particularly well disguised attack.
Security surrounding the Pope has been stepped up since a 1981 attempt on his life in Rome.
Teachers' unions attacked the government for what they called a 'class-based' onslaught on state education.
Assault, attack, raid, revenge, and slur are sometimes followed by upon instead of on.
The assault upon Leningrad promptly collapsed.
  • air raid
  • assault
  • attack
  • attempt
  • foul
  • hatchet job
  • onslaught
  • raid
  • revenge
  • slur
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