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[sits-kreeg, zits-]
  1. slow-moving warfare marked by repeated stalemate.
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Origin of sitzkrieg

1935–40; < German, equivalent to sitz(en) to sit1 + Krieg war; modeled on blitzkrieg
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British Dictionary definitions for sitzkrieg


  1. a period during a war in which both sides change positions very slowly or not at all
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Word Origin

C20: from German, from sitzen to sit + Krieg war
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Word Origin and History for sitzkrieg


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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