One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A war, or a phase of a war, in which there is little or no active warfare.
- ‘In events elsewhere, the sitzkrieg begins on the western front as the two German infantry armies on the French border sit tight.’
- ‘As we enter, perhaps, the last day of sitzkrieg, our allies continue to desert us left and right.’
1940s: suggested by blitzkrieg, from German sitzen ‘sit’.
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