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surgical strike

Meaning: a bomb or missile attack that's supposed to accurately strike its target

For example:

  • We conducted a surgical strike on a military target next to a hospital.

  • Our surgical strikes are very accurate, but unfortunately this one hit the hospital by mistake.

Note: This is doublespeak because it creates the false impression that the strikes are as accurate as a surgeon's knife and never miss their targets. Also "precision bombing", as opposed to "carpet bombing" in which many bombs are dropped over a wider area in order to destroy everything and everyone there.

Quick Quiz:

"Surgical strikes" are carried out with

a. guns and bullets

b. doctors and nurses

c. bombs and missiles

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Contributor: Matt Errey