take by storm
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌteɪk baɪ ˈstɔːm/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌteɪk baɪ ˈstɔːɹm/
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- (transitive, military) To capture by means of a sudden, overwhelming attack.
- The soldiers took the castle by storm.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To seize, overpower, or captivate in a sudden and forceful manner.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To rapidly gain great popularity in (a place).
- 1969, Arnold Shaw, The Rock Revolution, page 1:
- Beatlemania took England and Europe by storm and proceeded to inundate American teenagers.
To capture by means of a sudden, overwhelming attack