have at


verb

(intr, preposition) archaic to make an opening attack on, esp in fencing

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Idioms and Phrases with have at

have at

Attack; also, make an attempt at. For example, Urging the dog on, he said, “Go on, Rover, have at him,” or It's time to have at straightening out these files. [Late 1300s]

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