surprise attack

Definitions of surprise attack
  1. noun
    an attack without warning
    synonyms: coup de main
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    examples:
    September 11
    the day in 2001 when Arab suicide bombers hijacked United States airliners and used them as bombs
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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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