airraid

air raid

noun
a raid by aircraft, especially for bombing a particular area.

Origin:
1910–15

air-raid, adjective
air raider, noun
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air raid
 
n
a.  an attack by hostile aircraft
 b.  (as modifier): an air-raid shelter

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air raid
1914, from air (1) + raid; originally in ref. to British attacks Sept. 22, 1914, on Zeppelin bases at Cologne and Düsseldorf in WWI. The Ger. word is Fliegerangriff "aviator-attack," and if O.E. had survived into the 20th century our word instead might be fleogende-ongrype.
"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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