Definition of blitz in English:

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Pronunciation: /blits/


1An intensive or sudden military attack.
Example sentences
  • I talk myself out of imagining world war-styled bombing blitzes or trench warfare, and replaced them with images of land mines and machine guns.
  • Barracks, garrisons, bivouacs and encampments thus far spared came under a blitz of laser-guided bombs first used in the Gulf War.
  • In December 1941 she had stood in the ruins of the Regimental Chapel after it was bombed during the blitz.
bombardment, bombing, onslaught, barrage;
attack, assault, raid, strike, blitzkrieg
1.1 (the Blitz) The German air raids on Britain in 1940–41.
2 informal A sudden, energetic, and concerted effort, typically on a specific task: a major press blitz
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  • A blitz on parking has almost doubled the number of parking tickets handed out to drivers, netting the local Council more than £1.5m.
  • New measures to control firework abuse were promised as part of a blitz on anti-social behaviour.
  • Last week I was having a bit of a blitz on residents permits and caught a black 3 series BMW with an out of date permit on the next door beat, two streets away.
2.1 Football A charge of the passer by the defensive linebackers just after the ball is snapped.
Example sentences
  • Mobility is supposed to be the key to success in the modern NFL, because of the blitzes thrown by opposing defenses.
  • In a time when blitzes have made quarterbacking a more precarious endeavor than ever, teams that do not possess two accomplished forward passers are at risk.
  • Will he be prepared for all the blitzes opposing defensive coordinators will throw at him?
3A form of chess in which moves must be made at very short intervals.
Example sentences
  • One can well forgive an author for relying on internet blitz chess to research openings grandmasters hardly ever play.
  • Curiously, a blitz game I won gave me a lot of confidence and motivation, even though I won it purely by chance.
  • Many blitz games are 5 minutes per player for the entire game.


[with object]
1Attack or damage (a place or building) in a blitz: news came that Rotterdam had been blitzed figurative organizations blitzed Capitol Hill with mailgrams and postcards
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  • ‘No one knocked on our door to tell us or see if we had any objections, now there are lorries half the size of the street that have just blitzed the place,’ he said.
  • Coalition forces had taken the country with relative ease, blitzing the landscape with bombs and then columns of military might.
  • Traffic wardens blitzed areas of the city this week, ticketing cars that hadn't been moved after four hours of parking.
2 Football Attack (the passer) in a blitz.
Example sentences
  • The 49ers blitzed and attacked, correctly anticipating the pass.
  • Last year the defense rarely blitzed because of the defensive ends' success.
  • The team has blitzed more in an effort to create more takeaways, but players need to do a better job of holding on to interceptions and falling on loose balls.


Blitz spirit

(also the spirit of the Blitz)
British Stoicism and determination in a difficult or dangerous situation, especially as displayed by a group of people: he urged the British public to show their Blitz spirit in the face of the recession
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  • The past fortnight has had the subtle appeal of the Blitz spirit.
  • She is perhaps held in deepest affection by the war generation, for whom she was the personification of the Blitz spirit.
  • The prime minister has urged the British public to show their "Blitz spirit" in the face of the recession.





1930s: abbreviation of blitzkrieg.

Words that rhyme with blitz

Biarritz, Fritz, glitz, it's, its, Ritz, spitz, spritz, St Kitts

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Syllabification: blitz

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