\ ˈblits \
plural blitzes

Definition of blitz

b(1) : an intensive aerial military campaign
(2) : air raid
2a : a fast intensive nonmilitary campaign or attack an advertising blitz
b : a rush of the passer by a defensive linebacker, back, or end in football
3 : an occurrence in which large numbers of fish gather to chase and feed on prey or bait At Race Point there was an amazing blitz as stripers and blues pushed Atlantic needlefish ashore.— Gene Bourque

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Examples of blitz in a Sentence

The company is planning an advertising blitz for the new product. a multimedia blitz of advertisements for the summer blockbuster

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Facebook soon countered with a massive press blitz a week later to show users and the media that its founder was taking the issue seriously, but some blamed Schrage for that delay. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The social networking giant is on a hunt all over the globe for a new head of policy and communications.," 10 Oct. 2018 As most people with cable television have seen by now, former The Apprentice villainess and ousted White House staffer of unclear responsibilities Omarosa Manigault Newman is on a media blitz promoting her new tell-all book Unhinged. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Omarosa May Be Ridiculous, But She’s Not a “Terror”," 13 Aug. 2018 With a shutdown corner in Patrick Peterson—something Wilks didn’t have in Carolina—expect plenty of blitzes on third down, too. Andy Benoit,, "NFC West Offseason Report Cards: Cardinals Blitzing, Rams Spend on Defense, Garoppolo Ready to Execute, Seahawks Rebuilding," 28 June 2018 Down four runs after two innings, the Dodgers (25-28) completed a comeback with a three-run blitz in the eighth inning to capture the opening game of a four-game series. Andy Mccullough,, "Phillies defense comes to aid of Dodgers, who have won 9 of 11," 29 May 2018 Giuliani, whose recent media blitz on behalf of Trump stirred controversy, took a leave of absence from Greenberg Traurig last month. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump reassures anxious hawks that he’s willing to walk away from North Korea talks," 11 May 2018 Giuliani, whose recent media blitz on behalf of Trump stirred controversy, took a leave of absence from Greenberg Traurig last month. Robert Costa And John Wagner,, "Giuliani parts ways with law firm, citing 'pressing demands' of client Trump," 10 May 2018 Lattimore's reliable coverage on top opposing wide receivers allowed Saints defensive coordinator to be more aggressive with blitzes throughout the season. Josh Katzenstein,, "Saints' Marshon Lattimore wins AP Defensive Rookie of the Year," 3 Feb. 2018 Safety Mike Adams didn’t get to Brees on blitzes on two TD throws. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Carolina Panthers report card: Running game worked, but secondary got scorched," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of blitz

circa 1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of blitz

: a military attack in which many bombs are dropped from airplanes
: a fast and powerful effort
British : a sudden attack or effort to stop or end something

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