blitzkrieg

[blits-kreeg]
noun, verb (used with object)
blitz ( defs 1, 2, 5 ).

Origin:
1935–40; < German, equivalent to Blitz lightning + Krieg war

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blitzkrieg (ˈblɪtsˌkriːɡ)
 
n
a swift intensive military attack, esp using tanks supported by aircraft, designed to defeat the opposition quickly
 
[C20: from German: lightning war]

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blitzkrieg
"rapid attack," 1939, from Ger. Blitzkrieg, from Blitz "lightning" (from M.H.G. blicze, from bliczen "to flash," from O.H.G. blecchazzen "to flash, lighten," from P.Gmc. *blikkatjan, from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn;" see bleach) + Krieg "war" (see kriegspiel).
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blitzkrieg [(blits-kreeg)]

A form of warfare used by German forces in World War II. In a blitzkrieg, troops in vehicles, such as tanks, made quick surprise strikes with support from airplanes. These tactics resulted in the swift German conquest of France in 1940 (see fall of France). Blitzkrieg is German for “lightning war.”

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Example sentences
Scientists who find neither the climatic nor the blitzkrieg theory convincing
  argue that rampant disease was the main villain.
According to those who feel life can be a blitzkrieg of good feeling, the
  ability to be happy is latent in the grimmest of us.
They concluded immediately that the suicides were a blitzkrieg in the
  detainees' long campaign of protest.
Blitzkrieg has since been extended to express multiple meanings in popular use.
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