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noun: A sudden, devastating attack.
verb tr.: To attack suddenly with devastating results.
After Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, Hawaii, the site of a US naval base, which was attacked by Japanese planes on Dec 7, 1941, leading to the US joining WWII. Earliest documented use: 1942.
“A year and a half ago, Jones was injured in an accident at his shop, ‘my Pearl Harbor,’ he says. A truck tire rim he was working on burst, badly injuring the side of his head, his right shoulder, and left wrist.”
Mark Felsenthal; One Man’s Treasures; Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia); Aug 2, 1989.
“‘[The mayor] Pearl Harbored the fire station,’ Mitchell said. ‘It was a sneak attack. He runs out of town and nobody can find him.’”
Jerry Thomas; Union to Fight Closing of Fire Station in Chelsea; Boston Globe; Sep 2, 1990.
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