- an overwhelming all-out attack, especially a swift ground attack using armored units and air support.
- 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.
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Origin of blitz
First recorded in 1935–40; shortening of blitzkrieg
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Examples from the Web for blitzing
She began the process herself by blitzing the media last April.
a violent and sustained attack, esp with intensive aerial bombardment
any sudden intensive attack or concerted effortan advertising blitz; a drink-driving blitz
American football a defensive charge on the quarterback
(tr) to attack suddenly and intensively
Word Origin for blitz
C20: shortened from German Blitzkrieg lightning war
the Blitz the systematic night-time bombing of Britain in 1940–41 by the German Luftwaffe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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