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air raid

a raid by aircraft, especially for bombing a particular area.
Origin of air raid
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air-raid, adjective
air raider, noun Unabridged
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  • It is believed that in the excitement caused by an air-raid alarm it was snatched up by a customer who mistook it for his hat.

  • One night I reached Paris simultaneously with an air-raid warning.

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • But in that last phrase he had now confessed to her the existence of an air-raid.

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
  • You look about as 'appy as 'Earty does when 'e 'ears there's goin' to be an air-raid.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
  • And on the home front, you'd have air-raid shelters that would be effective.

    Project Mastodon Clifford Donald Simak
  • "I must institute a proper drill for air-raid alarms," said Char, unsmiling.

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • Had he given any orders at all as to conduct during an air-raid?

    The Pretty Lady Arnold E. Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for air-raid

air raid

  1. an attack by hostile aircraft
  2. (as modifier): an air-raid shelter
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Word Origin and History for air-raid

air raid


1914, from air (n.1) + raid (n.); originally in reference to British attacks Sept. 22, 1914, on Zeppelin bases at Cologne and Düsseldorf in World War I. The German word is Fliegerangriff "aviator-attack," and if Old English had survived into the 20th century our word instead might be fleogendeongrype.

One didn't dare to inhale for fear of breathing it in. It was the sound of eighteen hundred airplanes approaching Hamburg from the south at an unimaginable height. We had already experienced two hundred or even more air raids, among them some very heavy ones, but this was something completely new. And yet there was an immediate recognition: this was what everyone had been waiting for, what had hung for months like a shadow over everything we did, making us weary. It was the end. [Hans Erich Nossack, "Der Untergang," 1942]

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