blitz

noun
\ 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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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 The Clemson defense did a good job disguising its blitz calls against Louisville, confusing the offensive line and quarterbacks at times. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "For Louisville football, stopping Bryce Perkins will be one of a few keys against Virginia," 25 Oct. 2019 Its blitz across Iraq in 2014 was made possible by massive jailbreaks. The Economist, "Another fine mess Donald Trump triggers a Turkish invasion and trashes the national interest," 17 Oct. 2019 Since the foundation began its media blitz, the number of articles about mental health in the Indian media has increased by roughly 20 percent each year. David Roemer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone's Global Domination," 15 Oct. 2019 The campaign also crossed the 165,000 unique donor threshold during its end-of-quarter blitz, meeting the new requirement set by the Democratic National Committee to make the November debate stage. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!’’ Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.," 2 Oct. 2019 The quarterback recognized prior to the snap that Arizona would be bringing its first Cover 0 blitz. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Panthers Will Be Just Fine With Kyle Allen Under Center," 24 Sep. 2019 The idea of electability was at the center of his first major television blitz that began airing in Iowa this week. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Is left-leaning California a problem for Joe Biden? For a second time, candidate skips a forum there," 7 Mar. 2019 His final goal followed a pair from Sebastian Lletget — who had his first multi-goal game in MLS — and one from Uriel Antuna, a 16-minute blitz of four goals that turned what had been a tight game at halftime into a rout. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat trick leads Galaxy to 7-2 win," 15 Sep. 2019 Light-skinned women began to co-opt the song’s primary message, leading to a swift blitz of articles about the ways that the song has been misinterpreted. Tirhakah Love, SFChronicle.com, "‘Pose’ exposes the colorist issues that still plague TV," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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22 Nov 2019

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“Blitz.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blitzes. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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blitz

noun
How to pronounce blitz (audio)

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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