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blitz
as in:  blitz the quarterback


He’s especially good at responding to a blitz.
  American football:  a defensive maneuver to swiftly tackle the quarterback by pursuing him with one or more defenders who normally remain behind the line of scrimmage
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blitz blitzed blitzes blitzing
Notes:
The name of the play is taken from the Blitzkrieg, a 2nd World War German strategy of deploying a fast, overwhelming surprise attack. The play is sometimes referred to as "red-dogging".
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  • He’s especially good at responding to a blitz.
  • Zu took off at a run, blitzing down the aisles of extension cords and buckets.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I never saw him knocked backwards, not even by blitzing linebackers.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • We were blitzing everybody—and often—bringing a bunch of guys at a time.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes

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  • On each passing play Ayers would first check to make sure that no other Giant was blitzing up the middle, then skip backwards and to his left and meet the onrushing Taylor.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • In two strides I was past the linemen and the blitzing linebackers and was into the secondary.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Carlson went over the defensive game plan first: lots of zones, not much blitzing.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Coach Mullen knew exactly what my check was on this certain play, so they showed like they were blitzing but didn’t.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • They’re going to be blitzing," Drew said.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
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