al ataque

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al ataque
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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1. (military; used as an interjection)
a. charge
"¡Al ataqueee!" gritó el general a sus soldados."Chaaarge!" shouted the general to his soldiers.
2. (military; used as an adverb)
a. on the attack
Las divisiones de marina e infantería iban al ataque.The marine and infantry divisions were on the attack.
b. on the offensive
Cuando el capitán Reverte supo que se estaban trasladando tropas al frente sur, pasó al ataque.When Captain Reverte learned that troops were being transferred to the southern front, he went on the offensive.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El enemigo se lanzó una vez más al ataque contra nuestras posiciones.The enemy launched yet another attack against our positions.
El ejercito ruso iba al ataque y los alemanes emprendían la retirada.The Russian army was attacking and the Germans were retreating.
3. (sports; used as an adverb)
a. on the attack
La ajedrecista rumana iba al ataque y la rusa solo se defendía.The Romanian chess player was on the attack, and the Russian was just defending herself.
b. on the offensive
El Barcelona volvió al ataque en la segunda parte.Barcelona went back on the offensive in the second half.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El Estudiantes es un equipo que juega decididamente al ataque.Estudiantes is definitely an attacking team.
Perdíamos por diez puntos, así que nos lanzamos al ataque para intentar igualar el partido.We were trailing by ten points, so we launched an attack to try to catch up.
4. (aggressive action or criticism; used as an adverb)
a. on the attack
El error de la ministra dio lugar a que la oposición se lanzara al ataque.The secretary's blunder prompted the opposition to go on the attack.
b. on the offensive
El gigante chino pasó al ataque y bajó sus precios un 20%.The Chinese giant went on the offensive and lowered its prices by 20%.
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