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

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 5 Feb. 2023.

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