attack is the best form of defence

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attack is the best form of defence the assertion that a pre-emptive strike is the most effective way of protecting oneself is recorded in this form from the mid 20th century, but in American usage the idea can be traced back to the late 18th century (‘It is a maxim, that it is better to attack than to receive one’).

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