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 for To go on the offensive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Offensive \Of*fen"sive\, n.
     The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack;
     aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; --
     opposed to defensive.
     [1913 Webster]
     To take the offensive, To act on the offensive, To go on
     the offensive, to be the attacking party; to initiate
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

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