Definition of blitz in English:

blitz

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noun

1An intensive or sudden military attack: a heavy artillery blitz
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 (the Blitz) The German air raids on Britain in 1940-1.
2 informal A sudden concerted effort to deal with something: Katrina and I had a blitz on the cleaning
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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  • Last week I was having a bit of a blitz on residents permits and caught a black 3 series BMW with an out of date permit on the next door beat, two streets away.
Synonyms
all-out effort, effort, exertion, endeavour, onslaught, attack, push, thrust, set-to
2.1 American Football A play in which one or more defensive backs charge the quarterback of the opposing team.
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  • 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?
3 another term for lightning chess.
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  • 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.

verb

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1Attack or seriously damage (a place) in a blitz: news came that Rotterdam had been blitzed figurative she blitzed her own world record in the 400m freestyle
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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.
Synonyms
bombard, attack, pound, blast; bomb, shell, torpedo, strafe; destroy, wipe out, wreck, devastate, ravage, smash
2Process (food) in an electric mixing machine: add the eggs and blitz the mixture until it becomes granular
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  • An Asian food store should stock gram flour, otherwise use a powerful spice grinder and blitz some dried chickpeas until very fine.
  • You need a proper liquidiser, and you have to blitz the ingredients for a good couple of minutes.
  • In a liquidiser, blitz together fresh chilled mayonnaise with 6 garlic cloves, 1/2 jar of red peppers, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
3 American Football Charge (the opposing team’s quarterback) in a blitz.
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  • The trademarks are quickness to the ball and aggressive pursuit of the quarterback by linemen and blitzing line-backers and defensive backs.
  • For example, you can take an inside linebacker and assign him to blitz the quarterback while you get a safety to cover the area he vacates.
  • They are utilizing his physical talents by playing him at the line, where he can play run support, blitz the quarterback and shadow underneath receivers.

Origin

1930s: abbreviation of blitzkrieg.

Phrases

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.

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