Definition of carpet-bomb in US English:



[with object]often as noun carpet-bombing
  • Bomb (an area) intensively.

    • ‘Lieutenant General Fritz Bayerlein provides a vivid account of what it was like to endure carpet-bombing.’
    • ‘This week marked the sixtieth anniversary of some of the most destructive episodes in the World War 2 carpet-bombing of Sofia and other Axis-allied capitals.’
    • ‘After a brief and uneasy truce, the war was reprised in 1999 - carpet-bombing, then ground troops, then guerrilla war.’
    • ‘The bombardment includes the use of fuel-air explosives, cluster bombs, bunker-busting bombs and carpet-bombing.’
    • ‘He charges, finally, that my endorsement of the strategy is a ‘throwback’ to World War II-style carpet-bombing.’
    • ‘Near the end of the war, planes started carpet-bombing all of the major Japanese cities, using incendiary bombs.’
    • ‘Once a graceful, Caucasus-foothills city of 1 million, it has been heavily shelled and carpet-bombed in two ferocious wars in the past eight years.’
    • ‘It had been carpet-bombing Verona in February 1944 when it was intercepted by Messerschmitt fighters and hit several times.’
    • ‘Not to mention that the only effective way to attack these targets would be through carpet-bombing with depth charges.’
    • ‘In this day and age people are too intelligent to agree with carpet-bombing a few countries on a whim.’
    • ‘The results, for those who care to look at them, are simply astonishing, especially by contrast to the level of destruction and the harm to noncombatant lives and property found, say, in carpet-bombing.’
    • ‘It is blanket-bombing - carpet-bombing - they are planning.’
    • ‘Short of carpet-bombing the entire country and creating huge civilian casualties, weather conditions will prove inimical to a broadly based ‘search and destroy’ mission.’