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To attack a person or object - thesaurus

Synonyms

attack

verb

to use violence to harm a person, animal, or place

assault

verb

to attack someone violently

strike at

to make a sudden violent or illegal attack on someone or something

set on

to attack someone or something

mug

verb

to attack someone in a public place and steal their money, jewelry, or other possessions

fly at

to attack someone violently

ambush

verb

to attack someone after hiding and waiting for them

assail

verb

formal to physically attack or severely criticize someone

go for

informal to attack someone physically

come at

to suddenly move toward someone in order to threaten them or attack them physically

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bombard

verb

to attack someone or something by hitting them with a lot of objects or by hitting them many times

charge

verb

to attack someone or something by running very fast toward them

claw

verb

to attack someone, or to try to cut or tear something using claws

claw

verb

to attack someone, or to try to cut or tear something using your fingernails

counterattack

verb

to attack someone who has just attacked you in a war, game, or argument

do over

British to attack someone and hit and kick them

fall on

to take hold of someone suddenly, either to attack them or to hug them

frighten/scare/beat/kick the hell out of someone

to frighten or hurt someone very badly

gang up on

to join together in a group to hurt, frighten, or fight someone

get

verb

to attack someone

go at someone

to attack someone violently

go for the jugular

to attack an opponent in the way that will immediately do the most damage

go for the throat

to attack someone where they are weakest

hammer away at

to keep attacking someone or something

have a go

to attack someone physically

jump

verb

informal to attack someone physically

lam into

to strongly attack or criticize someone

lay into

to attack someone physically or with cruel words because you are angry with them

let someone have it

to attack or criticize someone severely

light into

to attack someone physically or with cruel words because you are angry at them

manhandle

verb

to touch, push, or pull someone in a rough way

rough up

to physically attack someone

rush

verb

to move quickly toward someone or something, especially in order to attack them

set about

old-fashioned to attack someone by hitting or kicking them many times

set on

British to tell a person or animal to attack another person or animal

set upon

to attack someone or something

strike

verb

to make a sudden violent or illegal attack on someone or something

strike back

to attack, harm, or criticize someone who has attacked, harmed, or criticized you

strike out

to try to hit or attack someone or something

strike the first blow

to make the first successful attack

surprise

verb

to attack or find someone when they do not expect it

swoop

verb

to make a sudden and unexpected attack on a place

take/catch someone by surprise

to attack, catch, or find someone when they do not expect it

tear into

to physically attack someone or something

tear/rip someone limb from limb

to violently attack or kill someone

thrust

verb

to attack someone

turn on

to suddenly attack someone violently

work over

to injure someone severely by hitting them

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