first strike


noun

the initial use of nuclear weapons in a conflict, in which the attacker tries to destroy the adversary's strategic nuclear forces.

Nearby words

  1. first run,
  2. first school,
  3. first secretary,
  4. first sergeant,
  5. first state,
  6. first string,
  7. first thing,
  8. first things first,
  9. first water,
  10. first world

Origin of first strike

First recorded in 1960–65

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