carpet-bomb

verb

car·​pet-bomb ˈkär-pət-ˌbäm How to pronounce carpet-bomb (audio)
variants or carpet bomb
carpet-bombed or carpet bombed; carpet-bombing or carpet bombing; carpet-bombs or carpet bombs

transitive verb

1
: to drop large numbers of bombs so as to cause uniform devastation over (a given area)
2
: to bombard repeatedly, widely, or excessively
carpet-bomb the country with advertising

Examples of carpet-bomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The magazine helped launch Bob Marley into global superstardom, championed Jimi Hendrix and Diana Ross, stood up for hip-hop in the early Nineties, when politicians tried to carpet-bomb it, and put Tina Turner on the cover of its second issue ever. Noah Shachtman, Rolling Stone, 23 Oct. 2023 Sackler’s masterstroke was to market drugs directly to doctors, first through carpet-bomb ads in medical journals, then relentless sales calls upon physicians. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2023 Being able to carpet-bomb the electorate with political ads on Mediaset, while also wielding influence on RAI’s news channels, also helped. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 13 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carpet-bomb was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Carpet-bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carpet-bomb. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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