blitz·krieg | \ˈblits-ˌkrēg \

Definition of blitzkrieg 

1 : war conducted with great speed and force specifically : a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination

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the stunned survivors of the crash were then confronted with a blitzkrieg of insensitive questions from the media the war began with a blitzkrieg that was designed to shock the enemy into submission

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But that all ended in 2014, when Islamic State launched its blitzkrieg across Iraq’s northern regions. Nabih Bulos,, "Basra was once a jewel of a city. Now it's a symbol what's wrong in Iraq," 17 June 2018 Scooter startups are using similar blitzkrieg tactics, and cities are taking action. NBC News, "The next Uber? Scooter startups flood U.S. cities as funding pours in," 9 July 2018 Thiem pushed Nadal deep behind the baseline with a blitzkrieg of groundstrokes. Geoff Macdonald, New York Times, "Players to Watch at the French Open," 25 May 2018 Harmon’s brilliantly caustic play frames serious issues of Jewish identity within a breathtaking blitzkrieg of invective guaranteed to make your eardrums smolder. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in SoCal theater: 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella' and more," 16 June 2018 The Mariners pulled off the latest blitzkrieg in a 7-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Keuchel struggles in Astros' loss to Mariners," 5 June 2018 When The Chainsmokers kicked off their bass-heavy headline Ultra set with a blitzkrieg of wailing sirens and screeching alarm synths, astute listeners recognized the hallmarks of hard trap flag bearer SAYMYNAME. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance's Ones to Watch: April 2018," 4 Apr. 2018 Some victims compare the blitzkrieg to being hit in the head with a baseball bat. Mark Shanahan,, "Was my son’s frightening injury an owl attack?," 28 Mar. 2018 The Ducks led 29-28 at the half despite abysmal shooting from everyone not named Pritchard or McIntosh and survived a 10-minute offensive blitzkrieg from USC to start the second half. Tyson Alger,, "Oregon Ducks have no answer for USC late in critical loss," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of blitzkrieg

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blitzkrieg

German, from Blitz lightning + Krieg war

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English Language Learners Definition of blitzkrieg

: a sudden and overwhelming military attack

: a fast and powerful effort

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