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sitzkrieg

[sits-kreeg, zits-] /ˈsɪtsˌkrig, ˈzɪts-/
noun
1.
slow-moving warfare marked by repeated stalemate.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < German, equivalent to sitz(en) to sit1 + Krieg war; modeled on blitzkrieg
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sitzkrieg

/ˈsɪtsˌkriːɡ; ˈzɪts-/
noun
1.
a period during a war in which both sides change positions very slowly or not at all
Word Origin
C20: from German, from sitzen to sit + Krieg war
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Word Origin and History for sitzkrieg
n.

1940, "static warfare" (such as prevailed in Europe in the winter of 1939-40), R.A.F. coinage on analogy of blitzkrieg (q.v.), from German sitz "a sitting."

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