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massive retaliation

a strategy of military counterattack that involves the use of nuclear weapons.
Origin of massive retaliation
An Americanism dating back to 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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massive retaliation in Culture

massive retaliation definition

The doctrine that the best way to deter aggression is to threaten a potential aggressor with devastation by atomic bombs. (See hawks and doves.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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