\ 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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Once the ploy was discovered, harried school officials rounded up a few unprepared students for a media blitz. Aryn Baker, Time, "Is the End of Saudi Arabia's Driving Ban a Rebrand or a Revolution?," 28 June 2018 During a media blitz, Giuliani made a number of comments on former FBI director James Comey, North Korea, Hillary Clinton and — that Trump paid back his lawyer MIchael Cohen for the $130,000 paid to Daniels. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Giuliani backtracks on imminent release of Americans by North Korea: 'I'm reading the newspapers like you are'," 5 May 2018 Cox, a wealthy businessman, has pumped $3 million of his own money into the race for a targeted radio and social media blitz aimed directly at Republicans. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gavin Newsom’s No. 1 election wish: A Republican opponent," 25 Mar. 2018 Russian agents targeted election systems in 21 states ahead of the 2016 general election, the Homeland Security Department has said, and separately launched a social media blitz aimed at inflaming social tensions and sowing confusion. CBS News, "Top Senate Intel members launch effort to thwart election threats," 20 Mar. 2018 Those turned out to be an array of blitzes, more than what McDermott preferred as coordinator and more than all but one other team in the NFL. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Panthers’ Ron Rivera wisely tabs next man up, and maybe out, as defensive coordinator," 22 Jan. 2018 The Getty’s initiative uniting the art of Latin America and L.A. barrels onward with a blitz of live shows organized by REDCAT. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 5 Most Interesting Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 18 Jan. 2018 Cohen’s gag order request against Stormy Daniels’s attorney Cohen’s attorneys filed the request Thursday to quiet Avenatti and quash his media blitz. Jen Kirby, Vox, "24 hours in Michael Cohen’s many legal troubles," 15 June 2018 Make chipotle sauce: Put all ingredients except stock and olive oil in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 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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