\ˈblits \
plural blitzes

Definition of blitz 

1a : blitzkrieg sense 1

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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Only two days fulfilled the 3-inch-plus criteria, both of them occurring during the February snow blitz, when the city recorded a run of nine days with measurable snow from Feb. 3-11 that totaled 18.3 inches. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Did it snow 3 inches or more in one day this past winter?," 18 May 2018 That blitz will include prominent spots on YouTube’s website, timed around popular music videos and events. Fortune, "Cardi B is Helping YouTube Launch Its Revamped Music Streaming Service," 18 May 2018 The Pels' nine-game win streak crumbled in one of the Warriors' typical offensive blitzes, a 24-2 burst in the second quarter filled with three-pointers from various sources and aggressive drives to the basket. Ron Higgins,, "Golden State makes a statement in game 1 vs. the Pelicans that's impossible to ignore," 28 Apr. 2018 Their blitz, which is their version of a Blizzard, has over 27 options to choose from. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cool down with custard...or soft serve? Here are two places in the Milwaukee suburbs that do it right.," 30 May 2018 Faced with a lobbying blitz by youth football fans, state lawmakers have sidelined a proposal that would have made California the first state to prohibit minors from playing organized tackle football before age 12, representatives said Friday. Seema Mehta,, "A fight between two Democrats over a voicemail is the latest sign of chaos in race to replace Ed Royce," 29 Apr. 2018 The interview kicks off a media blitz by Comey to promote the release of his book. Clare Foran, CNN, "ABC News: Comey says his belief Clinton would win election 'a factor' in email probe," 14 Apr. 2018 Groark said of the team, which responded to a social-media blitz by the health and physical education teacher. USA TODAY, "Students' gift for grieving teacher brings unexpected 76ers surprise," 5 Mar. 2018 In recent weeks, despite a full scale marketing blitz by Disney, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has left Chinese audiences underwhelmed. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Hollywood's China Challenge," 6 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of blitz

: a military attack in which many bombs are dropped from airplanes

: a fast and powerful effort

: a sudden attack or effort to stop or end something

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