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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

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Cox is largely self-financing, and has over a million dollars in funds for a late ad blitz. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "California GOP Can’t Unite Behind a Gubernatorial Candidate," 7 May 2018 Taylor had made gains in other polls on DeWine, especially after a negative ad blitz in Southwest Ohio. Seth A. Richardson,, "Mike DeWine, Richard Cordray up in new BWU poll of governor's race," 3 May 2018 Add butter, powdered sugar and salt, and blitz until butter is a fine crumb. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 The man or woman hovering nearby is likely the wholesale sales rep who has traveled with said winemaker on an all-day sales blitz. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "How a Bottle Makes Its Way Onto a Wine List," 21 June 2018 Blagojevich’s formal clemency plea was filed on the heels of a calculated media blitz orchestrated by his legal team in recent weeks attacking his conviction as unjust and politically motivated. Jason Meisner,, "Ex-Gov. Blagojevich's lawyers file for clemency days after Trump raises hopes," 5 June 2018 But the Cavs have also used Love to blitz Pacers star Victor Oladipo in pick-and-roll coverages, and it's worked. Joe Vardon,, "Kevin Love's shooting woes tied to his good defense; Pacers coach hints at LeBron James getting favorable calls," 27 Apr. 2018 Source: the company In India, Amazon invested aggressively, making use of powerful search and logistics technology as well as an advertising blitz and discounts to capture customers. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself," 31 Dec. 2018 But after a week-long media blitz that at times veered into the petty and sensational-- SARA HAINES: You reference Trump's possible self-tanning, the size of his hands. NBC News, "Meet the Press- April 22,2018," 22 Apr. 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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