a. A blitzkrieg.
b. A heavy aerial bombardment.
2. An intense campaign: a media blitz focused on young voters.
3. Football A sudden charge upon the quarterback by one or more of the linebackers or defensive backs when the ball is snapped. Also called red-dog.
v. blitzed, blitz·ing, blitz·es
1. To subject to a blitz.
2. Football To rush (the quarterback) in a blitz.
To carry out a blitz.
[Short for BLITZKRIEG.]
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