One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wear down (an opponent or enemy) by sustained action.‘his defense was designed to attrit us’
- ‘Until we achieve this level of coordination of effective fire and movement, the enemy will use their superior firepower to attrit us before we can close with and destroy them.’
- ‘While the men have been working inside the city, other Marines have been relentlessly chasing and attriting the enemy outside the city.’
- ‘Meanwhile, they would seek to attrit the US Air Force through the use of air defense guns and missiles that could fire rapidly and then immediately move.’
- ‘These divisions were placed in the Bloody Lane because they had been heavily attrited during the engagements at South Mountain.’
- ‘This finally brought the task force freedom of movement along main supply routes into and out of the city, as the enemy's outlying forces were attrited.’
- ‘It had been attrited to such a point by air strikes that it was no longer a viable fighting unit.’
- ‘The current operational tempo will continue to attrit units as they come off of their mobilization, at increasingly high numbers.’
- ‘That's very subjective but I believe that air power today will attrit a division at about 8 per cent per day.’
- ‘Under some rare and fortunate circumstances, you can attrit the enemy without actually killing him.’
First World War: back-formation from attrition.
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