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blitzkrieg

noun blitz·krieg \-ˌkrēg\

: a sudden and overwhelming military attack

: a fast and powerful effort

Full Definition of BLITZKRIEG

1
:  war conducted with great speed and force; specifically :  a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination
2
:  blitz 2a
blitzkrieg transitive verb

Examples of BLITZKRIEG

  1. <the stunned survivors of the crash were then confronted with a blitzkrieg of insensitive questions from the media>
  2. <the war began with a blitzkrieg that was designed to shock the enemy into submission>

Origin of BLITZKRIEG

German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war
First Known Use: 1939

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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