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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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blitz verb

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 Notice how late the Steelers roll into their blitz look. cleveland, "How the Browns offense can take advantage of a Steelers defense without T.J Watt and other key starters -- Film Review," 31 Dec. 2020 At a 2016 tournament put on by India’s league for professional players, the grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta lost the chance to advance after dropping his queen in a tiebreaking blitz game. New York Times, "What Are You Paying For in a $300 Chess Set? Mostly the Knights," 24 Dec. 2020 The postelection blitz of fundraising has cemented Trump's position as an unrivaled force and the preeminent fundraiser of the Republican Party, even in defeat. Star Tribune, "Trump cushions blow of defeat by raising huge sums of money from supporters," 18 Dec. 2020 Key plays were Miller Forristall’s 9-yard catch, Slade Bolden’s 10-yard catch and John Metchie’s 23-yard catch and run on a slant vs. the blitz on 3rd and 7. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "No. 1 Tide rout Hogs in regular-season finale," 12 Dec. 2020 Things like pass protection and picking up the blitz. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Community college transfer Rachaad White excels for ASU after taking long road to D-I," 5 Dec. 2020 Adrian Peterson played sparingly, and Kerryon Johnson had a nice third-down blitz pickup early, then gave up a sack to William Gholston on a third-quarter play when Daniel held the ball too long. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Grading Detroit Lions' loss to Bucs: Secondary gets worse than an F," 26 Dec. 2020 The Giants rank 19th in blitz percentage, according to Pro Football Reference, but their pass-rush production has been above-average, a testament to the talent on their defensive front. Childs Walker,, "Ravens vs. Giants scouting report for Week 16: Who has the edge?," 24 Dec. 2020 The Ravens used physical man-to-man coverage to slow Browns receivers while their league-high blitz rate messed with Mayfield. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "How the Ravens defense made the Cleveland Browns miss Odell Beckham Jr. -- Film review," 15 Dec. 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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16 Jan 2021

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“Blitz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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