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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
Recent Examples on the Web But the Patriots had answers for that initial blitzkrieg. Childs Walker,, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 37-20 win over the New England Patriots," 4 Nov. 2019 The man who led the state that called itself Islamic -- first capturing Raqqa in Syria and then leading a blitzkrieg through Iraq, rampaging through Mosul, Tikrit, to the gates of Baghdad -- is no more. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Baghdadi is gone, but ISIS isn't dead yet -- and could be poised for a resurgence," 28 Oct. 2019 Like the past many years, the festive season in India has begun with massive online sales, blinding marketing blitzkrieg, eye-popping discounts—and meaningless metrics. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "E-commerce giants’ annual Indian sales events are also a festival of utterly meaningless metrics," 4 Oct. 2019 Stalin dismissed numerous warnings of the coming blitzkrieg, possibly on the basis of personal assurances from Hitler. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "We Should Let China Spy on Us," 22 Apr. 2019 In the south, watery cays and island scrub show nature’s blitzkrieg. Washington Post, "‘There’s nothing left’: Storm reduces paradise to a miserable heap," 4 Sep. 2019 By the summer of 1990, the New Kids were the biggest act in the world — and had fully lost control of their image, now subsumed by a global merchandising blitzkrieg worth about $400 million. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "I’ll Be Loving You Forever," 14 Aug. 2019 This week, though, the blitzkrieg is set to resume. Rich Campbell,, "Bears resume their ‘open competition’ at kicker, unsure the answer is in training camp," 21 July 2019 And fear is what’s driving this week’s blitzkrieg of Attorney General William Barr. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "For Fear of William Barr," 2 May 2019

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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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24 Nov 2019

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“Blitzkrieg.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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