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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: blitzkrieg

blitz

noun
     
Related topics: Military
blitz [countable usually singular]
1PM a sudden military attack, especially from the air
the Blitz (=the bombing of British cities by German aircraft in 1940 and 1941)
2 informal a period of great effort in order to deal with something quickly and completely
blitz on
We'll have to have a blitz on the house before your parents arrive.
3 a big effort to make people notice something or buy something
a media/marketing/advertising etc blitz
The campaign was launched with a nationwide publicity blitz.
blitz verb [transitive]
News came that Rotterdam had been blitzed.

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