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Definition a powerful attack


a sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled — such as trouble, people or communications
  • They withstood the onslaught and counterattacked.
onslaught = powerful attack
  • We expect an onslaught of attack ads the last weeks prior to voting.
  • onslaught = powerful attack; or a large number of something that is difficult to handle
  • Her campaign did not survive an onslaught of attack ads.
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • The referee stopped the fight after an unanswered onslaught two minutes into the third round.
  • onslaught = a powerful attack (in this case, many punches)
  • Less than one month later, on October 7, the Americans, leading a small coalition force, unleashed an onslaught against Afghanistan that shook that area of the world to its foundations.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • It hurled Ender out of the way of the rest of the first onslaught, though he still wasn't getting any closer to the door.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • Some caught hold of the trunks and swung themselves into lower branches, some (like the little hobbit) got behind a tree to shelter from the onslaught of the rocks.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • onslaught = powerful attack; or sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled
  • The onslaught has exhausted us.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • His fists were half cocked, as if expecting an onslaught from both of us.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • "You may have to act alone and firmly during the onslaught of these weighted times," Pilar reads hesitantly.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • The onslaught of her fatigue, like his, was sudden, but lasted for years.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • The house was on the very edge of the city, and was ringed by a few rickety trees that had managed to withstand the onslaught of the desert.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • Breton spring, and a great onslaught of damp invades the coast.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • When I finally do come to my senses, I lie still, waiting for the next onslaught of imagery.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • onslaught = powerful attack; or sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled
  • His muscles were still formidable, and visible enough beneath his jacket to stop the onslaught of any monster jokes incurred by his last name.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • She was armed to the teeth for any onslaught of sympathy.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • The defense minister, General Magnus Malan, backed by P. W. Botha, introduced a policy known as "total onslaught," which was a militarization of the country to combat the liberation struggle.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • onslaught = powerful attack; or sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled
  • But he was not even halfway to Hagrid when he saw it happen: Hagrid vanished amongst the spiders, and with a great scurrying, a foul swarming movement, they retreated under the onslaught of spells, Hagrid buried in their midst.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • onslaught = powerful attack
  • As if the taunting gave Thomas a sudden burst of courage, he walked over to the lit door, ignoring the creaking floorboards and laughter downstairs—ignoring the onslaught of words he didn't understand, suppressing the dreadful feelings they induced.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • onslaught = sudden and enormous amount of something
  • ...and wonder how the unnameable active principle that calls itself to life has adapted itself even to this form. All other expressions lie in a winter sleep, life is simply one continual watch against the menace of death;—it has transformed us into unthinking animals ... —it has lent us the indifference of wild creatures, so that in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment, and store it up as a reserve against the onslaught of nothingness.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
onslaught = powerful attack

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