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sortie

noun [C]     /ˈsɔː.ti/ US  /ˈsɔːr.t̬i/
a short , quick attack by a military force , such as a small group of soldiers or an aircraft , made against an enemy position : A series of sorties was carried out at night by specially equipped aircraft .Attacking and invading a short journey to somewhere you have not been before, often with a particular purpose : It was our first sortie into the town centre .Journeys an attempt to do something: This is the acclaimed historian John Taylor's first sortie into fiction .Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
(Definition of sortie noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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