\ 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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That latter continued its trailer blitz this week with a six-minute look at life aboard a train. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The sordid tale of Starbreeze's stumbles, Overwatch players learn piano (with guns)," 1 Feb. 2019 But that diversity would stem more from his safeties in coverage and linebackers on blitzes. Andy Benoit,, "In San Francisco, the NFL’s Next Great Defensive Force Emerges," 22 June 2018 Bennett dropped into coverage several times with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz obviously working on zone blitzes. Jeff Mclane,, "Eagles practice observations: Sidney Jones held back with 'soreness;' Carson Wentz dials it up; Darren Sproles takes mental reps," 12 June 2018 President Trump takes to Twitter this morning as James Comey kicks off the P.R. blitz for his tell-all book. Fox News, "Rep. Goodlatte calls on DOJ to make Comey memos available," 15 Apr. 2018 While Brees will have to avoid Smith downfield, don't be surprised if the Vikings find times to send Smith on blitzes, too. Josh Katzenstein,, "New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings: 3 key matchups," 13 Jan. 2018 During the 1940-41 German blitz, Britons kept calm and carried on, fending off Hitler’s offensive as Rosie the Riveter and Uncle Sam scurried to mobilize. Caitlin Fitz, WSJ, "‘A Nation Forged by Crisis’ Review: Part of the Wider World After All," 30 Nov. 2018 Lake also hasn’t been shy about calling a blitz for Myles Bryant, who even as a 5-foot-8, 182-pound nickelback is one of the Huskies’ best edge rushers. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW safety Taylor Rapp has long been wreaking havoc in the secondary. Now he’s doing it in the backfield too," 11 Sep. 2018 Before the sun rose on the final morning of a 40-day protest blitz for poor people’s rights, the Rev. William Barber was wide awake. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "50 years later, the new Poor People’s Campaign lays out a political strategy beyond its Washington rally," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of blitz

circa 1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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