surprise attack

Definitions of surprise attack
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n an attack without warning

Synonyms:
coup de main
Examples:
September 11
the day in 2001 when Arab suicide bombers hijacked United States airliners and used them as bombs
Types:
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terrorist attack
a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims
ambuscade, ambush, lying in wait, trap
the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
pre-emptive strike
a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you
dry-gulching
the act of killing from ambush
Type of:
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

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