to fight an instant and astonishing war
- an overwhelming all out assault with infantry armor and air forces particularly by surprise against an unprepared opponent
- fight a quick and astonishing war
- a swift and violent armed forces unpleasant with intensive aerial bombardment
"rapid attack," 1939, from German Blitzkrieg, from Blitz "lightning" (from center tall German blicze, back-formation from bliczen "to flash," from Old High German blecchazzen "to flash, lighten" (8c.), from Proto-Germanic *blikkatjan, from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn;" see bleach (v.)) + Krieg "war" (see kriegspiel).
- lightning war
- scholar's spouse [chess]