blitzes

blitz

[blits]
noun
1.
Military.
a.
an overwhelming all-out attack, especially a swift ground attack using armored units and air support.
b.
an intensive aerial bombing.
2.
any swift, vigorous attack, barrage, or defeat: a blitz of commercials every few minutes.
3.
Football. act or instance of charging directly for (the passer) as soon as the ball is snapped; red-dogging.
verb (used with object)
5.
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.
6.
to destroy; demolish: His last-minute refusal blitzed all our plans.
verb (used without object)
7.
Football. to charge directly and immediately at the passer; red-dog.
8.
to move in the manner of a blitz: a car that will blitz through rough terrain.

Origin:
1935–40; shortening of blitzkrieg

blitzer, noun

blintze, blitz.
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blitz (blɪts)
 
n
1.  a violent and sustained attack, esp with intensive aerial bombardment
2.  any sudden intensive attack or concerted effort: an advertising blitz; a drink-driving blitz
3.  American football a defensive charge on the quarterback
 
vb
4.  (tr) to attack suddenly and intensively
 
[C20: shortened from German Blitzkrieg lightning war]

Blitz (blɪts)
 
n
the Blitz the systematic night-time bombing of Britain in 1940--41 by the German Luftwaffe

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blitz
"sudden overwhelming attack," 1940, shortening of blitzkrieg (1939). The use in U.S. football is from 1963.
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