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Military OriginPlay
Originally military term for rapid unexpected attacks, implies strategy and surprise. SlideThe general's plan included a midnight sally to catch the enemy off guard.
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Used to describe deliberate, aggressive actions in various contexts, not just war. SlideThe debate team made a sally into the opposing argument, quickly gaining an edge.
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Defensive PositionPlay
Often implies action taken from a defensive stance or under siege. SlideCornered by criticism, the politician made a sally to regain control.