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verb[WITH OBJECT]often as noun carpet-bombing
Bomb (an area) intensively.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Near the end of the war, planes started carpet-bombing all of the major Japanese cities, using incendiary bombs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Not to mention that the only effective way to attack these targets would be through carpet-bombing with depth charges.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In this day and age people are too intelligent to agree with carpet-bombing a few countries on a whim.’
- ‘It had been carpet-bombing Verona in February 1944 when it was intercepted by Messerschmitt fighters and hit several times.’
- ‘He charges, finally, that my endorsement of the strategy is a ‘throwback’ to World War II-style carpet-bombing.’
- ‘The bombardment includes the use of fuel-air explosives, cluster bombs, bunker-busting bombs and carpet-bombing.’
- ‘Lieutenant General Fritz Bayerlein provides a vivid account of what it was like to endure carpet-bombing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After a brief and uneasy truce, the war was reprised in 1999 - carpet-bombing, then ground troops, then guerrilla war.’
- ‘It is blanket-bombing - carpet-bombing - they are planning.’
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