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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a police raid (=a surprise visit made by the police to search for something illegal)
▪ Six people were arrested in a police raid on the bar.
air raid
bombing raids
▪ They were planning bombing raids in some of America’s major cities.
cross-border attack/raid
dawn raid
the police raid/storm a place
▪ The police raided his home and took his computer.
▪ Read in studio Police have released a photofit of a man they believe carried out an armed raid on an estate agents.
▪ This time it was the Leeds building society, again in Oxford, again it was an armed raid.
▪ An armed raid on a hospital was bound to cause an international outcry, particularly if we came out empty-handed.
▪ Jeanne requested an armed raid on the building to rescue the woman, but the group leader wouldn't hear of it.
▪ The armed raid in Gloucester was the second in the county.
▪ He remembers when schools were schools were closed for fear of catastrophic bombing raids in wartime Edinburgh and classes were spread among private houses.
▪ Targets for R.A.F. bombing raids were pin-pointed.
▪ Occasionally, a bombing raid or a battle does something to reduce the mass, but such incidents are hardly significant.
▪ He had been to Khenj, a village ten miles down the valley, to treat the survivors of a bombing raid.
▪ A group had decided to write about a bombing raid.
▪ Of the Wellingtons and Lancasters which went on hundreds of bombing raids during the war and of the men who never returned.
▪ The success of their final run depended on a diversionary air raid.
▪ There were occasional air raids on Calcutta.
▪ The air raids were becoming heavier and more frequent.
▪ Suddenly the sharp, heavy squall of the air raid siren lashed the silence between them.
▪ Communications were no doubt temporarily dislocated: our jam-packed train had been halted during the night owing to an air raid in the region.
▪ During grammar school, I faint every time we have an air raid drill.
▪ A series of air raids resulted in a number of civilian casualties.
▪ One afternoon, after an air raid, one of the students asked me if I knew why the planes came.
▪ Matthew Chieke was one of those charged with the bank raid, but that case never came to court.
▪ The officer, who carried on to arrest a man suspected of an attempted bank raid, was in hospital yesterday.
▪ It was Morgan's handling of the attempted bank raid a few days earlier in Cardiff which turned the trick.
▪ The Commando raids, however, had been too unwieldy and had thus lacked the element of surprise.
▪ One evening the conversation turned to commando raids during the war.
▪ Almost his first action was a post-election dawn raid in July 1983 on departmental budgets.
▪ A dawn raid by about 200 heavily armed law officers bagged more than 30 members and associates of the white-supremacist prison gang.
▪ Read in studio Police have arrested twelve people, including a solicitor's clerk, in dawn raids.
▪ In any other part of the country, police would have apprehended the drug dealers in a series of dawn raids.
▪ The primary purpose of the SARs is to restrict the swift build-up of substantial stakes in a target company by dawn raids.
▪ Seven pistols were discovered under a bed in a dawn raid on a flat.
▪ They also recovered some stolen ammunition during a dawn raid on this flat in Notting Hill.
▪ The dawn raids happened less than a day after a Detective Sergeant was shot with a machine gun in Kent.
▪ The van was probably going to be used in a ram raid.
▪ Police had given chase after foiling an attempted ram raid in Marlborough.
▪ Male speaker We're bound to consider that it was to be used in a ram raid offence.
▪ Thousands had died on the battlefields, in rearguard bombing raids and in repressive purges.
▪ In the first instance, he was saved by the fortuitous destruction of his papers in an Allied bombing raid.
▪ His operational flying looked as promising as his civilian flying had, until he went on a night bombing raid over Constantinople.
▪ In 1985 several of Zero School's students were killed in an air raid.
▪ For inveterate cattle-lifters it all added up to a convenient no-man's-land across which to launch thieving raids.
▪ Theuderic, meanwhile, mounted a punitive raid against the Auvergne - ostentatiously avoiding the Burgundian campaign.
▪ It was therefore decided to mount a series of raids on the airfields in the Benghazi area.
▪ Both owners will be represented when Bolger mounts a strong raid on Newmarket this week.
▪ Time allowed 00:15 Read in studio Police have staged an early morning raid in a bid to crack a stolen car racket.
▪ But my favorite has to be the Animal Liberation Front dorks who staged a daring raid on a mink farm.
▪ Last year rare species worth half a million pounds pounds have been stolen in raids around the country.
▪ It's not the first time Birdland has been hit by thieves, last year parrots were stolen in a similar raid.
▪ They also left thousands of pounds worth of computer equipment which they had stolen in the raid on the Coulby Newham surgery.
smash-and-grab raid/attack etc
Raids are almost a nightly occurrence at this club.
▪ a surprise raid
▪ air-raid sirens
▪ As a teenager, he was involved in a raid against a village of Omaha Indians.
▪ Detectives managed to catch the gunman who had taken three hostages in a raid on a jeweller's shop.
▪ He led a commando raid in the desert.
▪ John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry
▪ NATO bombing raids
▪ Police have released a photo of a man they believe carried out a raid on a supermarket.
▪ Seven people were injured in last night's police raid on a house in Brixton, South London.
▪ Sixty people are thought to have been killed in the raid on the village just west of the capital.
▪ Some of the most beautiful architecture in the city was destroyed in the air raids.
▪ The law will limit corporate raids on company pension funds.
▪ The police accused the woman of planning a huge armed bank raid in Scotland.
▪ Zavala led a series of raids on marijuana plantations.
▪ Another favourite pastime was planning raids on the various apartments and cars owned by their friends.
▪ Harvard Securities organised a surprise raid on the premises of Tudorbury's new sharedealing floor shortly after its inception.
▪ He used to sleep in the church during air raids so that he could put out the fire bombs.
▪ The smooth-talking Noye was given a 14-year sentence for laundering cash from the Brinks-Mat raid.
▪ The United States reacted to the air raids by ordering an aircraft carrier to the gulf.
▪ Two robbers raided their home in the Chisamba region and shot the couple.
▪ For the 87 year old, it was the second time thieves have raided her home.
▪ In December 1996 investigators raided his home outside Munich.
▪ But they were staggered by the size of the haul when officers raided 30 homes yesterday.
▪ When officers raided his home, they found 11 gold bars in his lounge.
▪ Eight policemen and welfare workers had raided their home - even searching dustbins for Alex.
▪ They raided his home on January 7 and seized a nine-page list detailing 272 titles called Editman's Horror List.
▪ Burglars strike: Intruders raided a house in Northallerton.
▪ In the months that followed, security agents raided the houses of writers and broke up meetings.
▪ The case was adjourned for reports Hens raid: Thieves raided a hen house in Ripon.
▪ Investigators raid a house looking for missing gold coins and platinum bars.
▪ Early morning swoop ... police raid a house in Kirkdale today.
▪ Every so often, the police would raid a house or bar, but who was arrested?
▪ Two days later, the Army raided a house in the Lower Falls where they found a collection of arms.
▪ Armed police raided her house early on Wednesday.
▪ The police would raid our flats.
▪ Every so often, the police would raid a house or bar, but who was arrested?
▪ Early morning swoop ... police raid a house in Kirkdale today.
▪ The police raided the Congress party headquarters in Bombay where salt was being made in pans on the roof.
▪ The crack troops' annual knees-up became so rowdy, police were forced to raid it.
▪ Armed police raided her house early on Wednesday.
▪ The police raided the sewers and the network of passages underneath the capital and brought the children to the surface.
▪ Again, the tribe had raided a neighbouring village, inflicting many casualties.
▪ In 1943, allied bombers repeatedly raided Hamburg.
▪ Police raided a pirate video factory in Glendale.
▪ Police officers raided a house in North London last night, and found substantial quantities of illegal drugs.
▪ The Casino nightclub has been closed since it was raided last month.
▪ The rebels raided the tiny mountain town early on Tuesday.
▪ Thieves raided an Italian villa that housed a number of valuable paintings.
▪ A little later, when bankers tried to become retailers of financial services, they raided consumer-goods marketeers.
▪ At the worst possible moment a brigand named Babbitt raided the shore of Philadelphia from a commandeered ship.
▪ But before that they used to raid.
▪ In the months that followed, security agents raided the houses of writers and broke up meetings.
▪ Police raided its founding conference at a Casablanca hotel, where 40 people were arrested and cautioned.
▪ Sadie would raid the bins for scraps when she could - perhaps her diet of rabbits needed to be supplemented.
▪ Warriors now know nothing of war and cattle raiding.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Raid \Raid\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Raided; p. pr. & vb. n. Raiding.] To make a raid upon or into; as, two regiments raided the border counties.


Raid \Raid\ (r[=a]d), n. [Icel. rei[eth] a riding, raid; akin to E. road. See Road a way.]

  1. A hostile or predatory incursion; an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a sudden and rapid invasion by a cavalry force; a foray.

    Marauding chief! his sole delight The moonlight raid, the morning fight.
    --Sir W. Scott.

    There are permanent conquests, temporary occupations, and occasional raids.
    --H. Spenser.

    Note: A Scottish word which came into common use in the United States during the Civil War, and was soon extended in its application.

  2. An attack or invasion for the purpose of making arrests, seizing property, or plundering; as, a raid of the police upon a gambling house; a raid of contractors on the public treasury. [Colloq. U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "mounted military expedition," Scottish and northern English form of rade "a riding, journey," from Old English rad "a riding, ride, expedition, journey; raid," (see road). The word died out by 17c., but was revived by Scott ("The Lay of the Last Minstrel," 1805), ("Rob Roy," 1818), with extended sense of "attack, foray."


"take part in a raid," 1785 (implied in raiding), from raid (n.). Related: Raided; raiding. Also see raider.


n. 1 A hostile or predatory incursion; an inroad or incursion of mounted men; a sudden and rapid invasion by a cavalry force; a foray. 2 An attack or invasion for the purpose of making arrests, seizing property, or plundering; as, a raid of the police upon a gambling house; a raid of contractors on the public treasury. vb. 1 To engage in a raid. 2 To steal from; pillage 3 To lure from another; to entice away from 4 To indulge oneself by taking from

  1. n. a sudden short attack [syn: foray, maraud]

  2. an attempt by speculators to defraud investors

  3. v. search without warning, make a sudden surprise attack on; "The police raided the crack house" [syn: bust]

  4. enter someone else's territory and take spoils; "The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly" [syn: foray into]

  5. take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock; "T. Boone Pickens raided many large companies"

  6. search for something needed or desired; "Our babysitter raided our refrigerator"


Raid or RAID may refer to:

Raid (insecticide)

Raid is the brand name of a line of insecticide products produced by S. C. Johnson & Son, first launched in 1956.

The initial active ingredient was the first synthetic pyrethroid, allethrin. Raid derivatives aimed at particular invertebrate species can contain other active agents such as the more toxic cyfluthrin, another synthetic pyrethroid. Currently Raid Ant & Roach Killer contains pyrethroids, piperonyl butoxide, and permethrin; other products contain tetramethrin, cypermethrin and imiprothrin as active ingredients. Raid Flying Insect Killer, a spray, uses prallethrin and D- phenothrin.

RAID (French Police unit)

("Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence"), commonly abbreviated RAID (; French: ) is an elite law enforcement unit of the French National Police. RAID is headquartered in Bièvres, Essonne, approximately 20 km (12 miles) southwest of Paris.

Created in 1985, RAID is the National Police counterpart of the National Gendarmerie's GIGN. Both units share responsibility for the French territory.

Since 2009, RAID and the Paris Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI), a separate National Police unit reporting directly into the Paris Police Prefecture , have formed a task force called "National Police Intervention Force" or FIPN. When activated, the task force is headed by the RAID commander.

In early 2015, the seven regional units of the National Police, previously known as National Police Intervention Groups (GIPNs), were permanently integrated into RAID and redesignated "RAID branches" .

Raid (film)

Raid is a 2003 Finnish crime film directed by Tapio Piirainen. It is an adaptation of the 2000 television series of the same name (itself based on the novel series of the same name by Harri Nykänen). The screenplay was written by Nykänen and Piirainen.

Raid (1991 film)

Raid is a 1991 Indian Malayalam film, directed by KS Gopalakrishnan.

Raid (1921 film)

Raid'' (German:Razzia'') is a 1921 German silent film directed by Wolfgang Neff and featuring Maria Forescu and Willy Fritsch.

The film's sets were designed by the art director Mathieu Oostermann.

Raid (military)

Raid, also known as depredation, is a military tactic or operational warfare mission which has a specific purpose and is not normally intended to capture and hold terrain, but instead finish with the raiding force quickly retreating to a previous defended position prior to enemy forces being able to respond in a co-ordinated manner or formulate a counter-attack. A raiding group may consist of combatants specially trained in this tactic, such as commandos, or as a special mission assigned to any general troops. Raids are often a standard tactic in irregular warfare, employed by warriors, guerrilla fighters, or other irregular military forces.

The purposes of a raid may include:

  • to demoralize, confuse, or exhaust the enemy
  • to ransack, pillage, or plunder
  • to destroy specific goods or installations of military or economic value
  • to free POWs
  • to capture enemy soldiers for interrogation
  • to kill or capture specific key persons
  • to gather intelligence.
Raid (band)

Raid were a Tennessee based straight edge hardcore band that formed after the break-up of the band One Way. Along with the Californian band Vegan Reich and the English band 'Statement', Raid helped pioneer the Vegan straight edge movement and the Hardline lifestyle and ideology.

Their lyrics strongly expressed of their stance against drugs, alcohol, abortion, sexism and racism, and for animal liberation and radical ecology. Their output started as fairly conventional hardcore punk, which gradually evolved to incorporate elements of heavy metal and they effectively became spokesmen for the Hardline movement.

In 1989, they self released a demo tape and this led to a seven-inch EP called Words of War a year later through Vegan Reich's own label, Hardline Records. The band split as they moved away from the straight edge lifestyle, but not before recording one last session. The recordings were released by Hardline Records as the posthumous Above The Law LP and CD in 1994. This was later re-released in 1995 by Victory Records as the Hands off The Animals CD.

Raid (gaming)

A raid is a type of mission in a video game in which a number of people attempt to defeat another number of people at a player-vs-player or a number of NPCs in a player-vs-environment battlefield. The term raid itself stems from the military definition of a sudden attack and/or seizure of some objective. This type of objective is most common in MMORPGs, and usually but not necessarily occurs within an Instance dungeon. In RTS games like StarCraft, the term is used differently; see Raid (military).

Raiding originated in the class of text MUDs known as DikuMUD. DikuMUD heavily influenced the game EverQuest which brought the raiding concept into modern 3D MMORPGs. The largest and most popular game to currently feature raiding is World of Warcraft.

Raid (boating)

Raid – A sail and oar adventure This is a leisure pursuit combining sailing and rowing. It involves a fleet of small boats capable of being rowed and sailed, exploring a coastline or inland waterway over several days, often with some competitive element.
In describing raiding, the organiser of the 2010 & 2011 English Raids states; "The idea of making coastal voyages in company, in open boats powered by sail and oar, was given currency by the French group Albacore, led by Charles-Henri le Moing during the 1990s, starting in Portugal and Scotland... The word raid has slipped into English and lost its usual associations of pillage and destruction – to those who participate at least."

Raiding has become increasingly popular amongst small-boat sailors, and this has fostered the development of raid-worthy boats. An example of the type is American whaleboat "Molly" crewed by The Henley Whalers.

Raiding is not only an enjoyable outdoor activity, it has been noted to promote family participation.

Usage examples of "raid".

And he drew from recollection, the raw enthusiasm of his adolescence, when ideals were a substitute for judgment, life was play, and the future entailed nothing more lively than horse raids and begetting children.

This is the level of culture at which Sherman Anti-Trust acts are passed, brothels are raided, and labor agitators are thrown into jail.

Our airfield is now frequently the target of Soviet airforce attacks in low and high level raids.

It is rumored on the coast of Azzalle that the Skaldi have sought to cross the Northernmost Seas to raid Alba, but what can we do?

They were employed by his agency, but he frequently sent them off on detached duty all over the country, to raid or spy in every known political or ameliorative gathering.

In a series of raids On team cars, French police found trunkloads of EPO and anabolic steroids.

I have given the story in detail, as showing the origin and character of the destructive raids, of which New England annalists show only the results.

Swazieland, the indemnity for the Jameson Raid, and arbitration, in exchange for the Franchise, otherwise, I should have nothing.

Your theory that I arranged that raid at the Aureole Mine has been disproven.

Four men were with Case Barbel, all members of the crew that had raided the camp near the Aureole Mine and had later invaded the home of Frederick Zern.

For a second the other sky came back to me, the one that had been on a level with me, that I awatched change into a round hole with two stars in it, at the end of the pipe where I had hid on the Tokyo docks before the big raid, damn near dying of shit gas, of waiting for the fire to fall.

When Queen Cyrilla was taken out to be beheaded, he made a daring raid, and in the confusion of people come to see the execution, he snatched his sister from the axeman.

These raids were carried out with great boldness, and villages situated within a few miles of Berber were attacked.

Three days passed since the raid and neither Boget nor any of the other natives had crossed the river.

It was quite normal that, if a city had suffered a particularly heavy raid, several railway batteries would be sent there immediately, partly to strengthen the defences against any follow-up raids, but mainly to bolster the morale of the bombed civilians.