sitzkrieg

[ sits-kreeg, zits- ]
/ ˈsɪtsˌkrig, ˈzɪts- /

noun

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

sitzkrieg
/ (ˈsɪtsˌkriːɡ, ˈzɪts-) /

noun

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

Word Origin for sitzkrieg

C20: from German, from sitzen to sit + Krieg war
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