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  • verb Present participle of attrite.


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  • WOLFOWITZ: We started in April with the notion of attriting (ph) the Taliban by assisting the Northern Alliance.

    CNN Transcript Mar 23, 2004 2004

  • And the intel we got, which Hayden and Mukasky said is 50% of the intel we have to fight these deadly radical Muslims, allowed and still allows us to keep on the offensive against them, attriting their numbers and breaking up more deadly assaults on our citizens and troops.

    Axelrod: Obama "thought very long and hard about" about opening up the CIA interrogation memos. Ann Althouse 2009

  • And if fighters are present...well, ten SU-30MKK four on-station CAP plus Ready Flight plus two can carry up to 80 AAMs, severely attriting any attack launched from long range.

    "US Developing Separate JSF for Foreign Partners" 2007

  • And that's why I believe attriting languages should not be saved for US – whomever that may be – WHEN A LANGUAGE DIES. 2005

  • The basic strategy of the United States was to fight a war of attrition where most of the attriting (ph) would be done by the Soviets, and indeed the Second World War took over 20 million Soviet lives.

    CNN Transcript Jun 6, 2004 2004

  • STUFFLEBEEM: Well, we know we're attriting elements of the 5th Corps and so their effectiveness we know is being degraded.

    CNN Transcript Oct 23, 2001 2001

  • Our sense is is that as we are attriting these Taliban military targets, their ability to respond is falling away.

    CNN Transcript Oct 17, 2001 2001

  • The business model may be built on high attrition, but the attritees have stopped attriting.

    Above the Law 2009

  • That pre-existing portfolio is sort of attriting because over the last year we've been adding, under the new Discover IMAP program, all the new merchants have been on the same kind of economics as we expect to experience going forward, in other words, sort of our full margin on transactions. Home Page 2008

  • So for all the mistakes that were made, and there are mistakes made in every war, it turned out to not only be valuable for our strategic interest in the Middle East, but it had a direct affect in attriting and hurting al Qaeda in a fashion that we had no other theater of operations to do that in.

    Consul-At-Arms 2008


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