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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
Recent Examples on the Web And while Buttigieg's recent ads don't feature Obama, his latest ad blitz to follow the New Hampshire primary revolves around rust belt states, focusing on counties that flipped from Obama to Donald Trump in 2016. Soo Rin Kim And, ABC News, "Barack Obama might not be on the Democratic ballot, but he's on the airwaves," 11 Feb. 2020 Delpit knows how to gauge a snap count and time out his blitz in pursuit of a sack. cleveland, "NFL Draft 2020: Top safeties who could help the Cleveland Browns secondary -- Film Review," 6 Feb. 2020 Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the BBC’s Hardtalk program last month, part of his one-man media blitz in London in recent weeks. Washington Post, "As Trump shuns US multilateralism, China ups diplomatic ante," 20 Dec. 2019 The Patriots did sack him three times, but got too aggressive with their blitzes in the second half, and Watson stood tall in the pocket, finding his open receivers., "HOUSTON – Immediate thoughts after the Patriots’ 28-22 loss to the Texans Sunday night:," 2 Dec. 2019 Within that 29-5 run, Phoenix had an 18-0 blitz to take a 45-35 lead. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns hold off San Antonio Spurs behind Devin Booker's 35," 24 Jan. 2020 On the Hawks’ game-winning play, Jakob Poeltl teamed with Mills to blitz Trae Young — who had 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter — setting off a chain reaction that led to Huerter getting the cleanest of looks at a corner 3-pointer. Jeff Mcdonald,, "San Antonio Spurs continue to confound as midway point nears," 18 Jan. 2020 Venables is a master at disguising coverages and blitzes and making changes to his defense before the snap much later than most coaches can. Los Angeles Times, "LSU vs. Clemson: Here’s everything you need to know about the national championship game," 13 Jan. 2020 LSU’s ability to make a defense reveal its intentions presnap via formation vs. Venables’ ability to spring surprises on opposing quarterbacks after the snap with disguised coverages or blitzes. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: NFL's Rooney Rule needs sharper teeth or it's all bark and no bite.," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of blitz

circa 1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of blitz was circa 1939

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“Blitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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