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Origin of air raid
Examples from the Web for air raid
The shock of the first air-raid sirens giving way to a kind of numbness.Red Alert in Tel Aviv: Fear Inside the Israeli City’s Bubble|Ethan Perlson|November 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Rick Perry has traded in his dog whistle for an air-raid siren.
Leakes has one of the loudest voices in the Western Hemisphere, something between an operatic soprano and an air-raid siren.
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
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.
Rossiter was working in the Prosectorium at the Zoo when the daylight air-raid began.Mrs. Warren's Daughter|Sir Harry Johnston
The British air-raid on Dsseldorf also accounted for one or possibly two.
Had he given any order to the effect that nobody was to be on the roof of his house during an air-raid?The Pretty Lady |Arnold E. Bennett
- an attack by hostile aircraft
- (as modifier)an air-raid shelter
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]