\ ˈblits How to pronounce blitz (audio) \
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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Accel, along with the second-largest operator, J&J Ventures, and Tap Room Gaming sponsored a lobbying blitz to fend off Pritzker’s tax increase proposal. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Video Gambling Tax Hike Will Be Decided by Lawmakers With Financial Ties to the Industry," 10 June 2019 This sequence underscored the defensive nightmare the Raptors present: Leonard commands double- or triple-teams, but his supporting cast is adept at capitalizing on the extra space such blitzes provide. Connor Letourneau,, "What must Warriors do for NBA Finals comeback against Raptors?," 8 June 2019 The Hawks under Carroll have never been big on blitzing, but, given the need to put pressure on the good QBs the Hawks are about to see, will there be more blitzes in your opinion? Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks live chat rewind: Bruce Irvin to the Seahawks? Dissecting the loss to the Chargers," 6 Nov. 2018 For the average North Korean, the state media’s coverage of Kim’s diplomatic blitz this year must seem nothing short of astonishing. Washington Post, "After summit, North Korea shows Trump in new light," 14 June 2018 The second unit – with Wade, Bam Adebayo, Wayne Ellington and James Johnson – played very well in the first half but was on the court for the duration of that 21-4 Raptors blitz in the third. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Wade’s double-double and Dragic’s 28 not enough as Heat loses for sixth time in seven games," 13 Feb. 2018 And the company is taking a particularly aggressive approach to the upcoming shopping blitz: Earlier this week, Amazon extended free shipping to all shoppers during the holiday season, with no minimum purchase. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon’s 70-page catalog will be sent to millions of customers.," 7 Nov. 2018 The bill continues to provide de León with an abundance of media coverage, critical to a campaign currently without enough financial support for major advertising blitzes. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Why Kevin de León thinks he can beat Dianne Feinstein," 7 June 2018 Yes, the first leg finished 3-0, but this Salah strike would prove to be the catalyst for Liverpool's early offensive blitz that led to the goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane., "Liverpool's Run to the Final Is a Reminder That the Champions 'League' Is in Fact a Cup Competition," 3 May 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
British : a sudden attack or effort to stop or end something

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