blitzkrieg

noun
blitz·​krieg | \ ˈblits-ˌkrēg How to pronounce blitzkrieg (audio) \

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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Examples of blitzkrieg in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web Its blitzkrieg-spread caught us unprepared, fearful and playing defense. Fernando “fritz” Riveron, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: The pandemic is costing Wisconsin billions of dollars. Let's open up thoughtfully - and fight this scourge.," 7 May 2020 Priceless art and rare substances were not the only items squirreled away as the German blitzkrieg threatened Paris. New York Times, "‘Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best,’ by Neal Bascomb: An Excerpt," 17 Mar. 2020 With California waging a blitzkrieg campaign to fight back the fast-moving pandemic, state and local agencies are overwhelmed, and some difficulty sharing information is inevitable. Los Angeles Times, "So much is unknown about the pandemic because the government keeps a lid on it," 15 Apr. 2020 The action stretches across Europe, from Warsaw to Berlin, Paris, Dunkirk and Manchester, as the German blitzkrieg hammers across Poland and Belgium in 1939. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: In ‘World on Fire,’ War Is the Virus," 3 Apr. 2020 Our understanding of the challenge is not helped by describing South Korea, whose response has so far been the best, in war terms, as a kind of medical Wehrmacht attacking the coronavirus with blitzkrieg tactics. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Meaning of Boris Johnson’s Illness," 27 Mar. 2020 With Franklin Roosevelt nearing the end of his second term as president, Europe is rapidly falling to the Nazi blitzkrieg. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "‘The Plot Against America’ is as riveting as it is disturbing," 15 Mar. 2020 And the prospect of a Joe Biden nomination conjures dizzying images of Trump’s blitzkrieg to come. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Democrats Sleepwalk Into The Nomination of Joe Biden," 10 Mar. 2020 Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg added almost $400,000 in TV ads as his campaign foreshadowed a large increase in TV spending by the billionaire that's already launched a historic ad blitzkrieg. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "Candidates shuffle ad dollars ahead of New Hampshire primary," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of blitzkrieg was in 1937

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11 May 2020

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“Blitzkrieg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blitzkrieg. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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blitzkrieg

noun
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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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