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[on-slawt, awn-] /ˈɒnˌslɔt, ˈɔn-/

an onset, assault, or attack, especially a vigorous one.
a violent attack

1620s, anslaight, somehow from or on analogy of Dutch aanslag “attack,” from Middle Dutch aenslach, from aen “on” (see on) + slach “blow,” related to slaen “slay.” Spelling influenced by obsolete (since c.1400) English slaught (n.) “slaughter,” from Old English sleaht (see slaughter (n.)). No record of its use in 18c.; apparently revived by Scott.


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