- an overwhelming all-out attack, especially a swift ground attack using armored units and air support.
- an intensive aerial bombing.
- any swift, vigorous attack, barrage, or defeat: a blitz of commercials every few minutes.
- Football. act or instance of charging directly for (the passer) as soon as the ball is snapped; red-dogging.
verb (used with object)
- to attack or defeat with or as if with a blitz: The town was blitzed mercilessly by enemy planes. The visitors really blitzed the home team.
- to destroy; demolish: His last-minute refusal blitzed all our plans.
verb (used without object)
- Football. to charge directly and immediately at the passer; red-dog.
- to move in the manner of a blitz: a car that will blitz through rough terrain.
- a violent and sustained attack, esp with intensive aerial bombardment
- any sudden intensive attack or concerted effortan advertising blitz; a drink-driving blitz
- American football a defensive charge on the quarterback
- (tr) to attack suddenly and intensively
- the Blitz the systematic night-time bombing of Britain in 1940–41 by the German Luftwaffe
“sudden overwhelming attack,” 1940, shortening of blitzkrieg (1939). The use in U.S. football is from 1959. As a verb, 1940, from the noun. Related: Blitzed; blitzing.