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[blits] /blɪts/
  1. an overwhelming all-out attack, especially a swift ground attack using armored units and air support.
  2. an intensive aerial bombing.
any swift, vigorous attack, barrage, or defeat:
a blitz of commercials every few minutes.
Football. act or instance of charging directly for (the passer) as soon as the ball is snapped; red-dogging.
verb (used with object)
to attack or defeat with or as if with a blitz:
The town was blitzed mercilessly by enemy planes. The visitors really blitzed the home team.
to destroy; demolish:
His last-minute refusal blitzed all our plans.
verb (used without object)
Football. to charge directly and immediately at the passer; red-dog.
to move in the manner of a blitz:
a car that will blitz through rough terrain.
Origin of blitz
First recorded in 1935-40; shortening of blitzkrieg
Related forms
blitzer, noun
Can be confused
blintze, blitz. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for blitz
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  • Remember how we used to mix it with them Jerry bandits tryin' to blitz London?

  • No transport could get nearer than where the blitz is lying, four miles out.'

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • blitz—for blitz it was—whined his receipt for the red token, backed from the aperture, and padded away like the wind.

  • His news was that the blitz's steam-cutter had come in on the morning tide, and he had met von Brning when marketing at the inn.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • The hull of the blitz loomed up, and a minute later our kedge was splashing overboard and the launch was backing alongside.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
British Dictionary definitions for blitz


a violent and sustained attack, esp with intensive aerial bombardment
any sudden intensive attack or concerted effort: an advertising blitz, a drink-driving blitz
(American football) a defensive charge on the quarterback
(transitive) to attack suddenly and intensively
Word Origin
C20: shortened from German Blitzkrieg lightning war


the Blitz, the systematic night-time bombing of Britain in 1940–41 by the German Luftwaffe
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Word Origin and History for blitz

"sudden overwhelming attack," 1940, shortening of blitzkrieg (1939). The use in U.S. football is from 1959. As a verb, 1940, from the noun. Related: Blitzed; blitzing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for blitz

blitz 1


To absent oneself from a class or examination; cut, shine (Students around 1900+)

blitz 2


To polish one's brass buttons, etc; prepare for inspection

[WWII armed forces; fr Blitz Cloth, trademark for a brand of metal-polishing cloth]

blitz 3


  1. Any heavy onslaught or attack: His best strategy was a blitz of TV spots just before the election (1940s+)
  2. An electronic-mail (e-mail) message (1990s+)
  3. A chess game that must be played within ten minutes (1990s+)


  1. To defeat without being scored upon; blank, shut out: They blitzed the Mariners 12–zip (1970s+)
  2. To rush the quarterback in force, hoping to prevent him from completing a pass (1960s+ Football)
  3. : We blitzed her with questions (1940s+)

[fr German Blitzkrieg, ''lightning war,'' an overwhelmingly heavy and rapid attack, using tanks and other armor, bombers, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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