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carpet bombing

The bombing of a large area defined by designated boundaries in such a way that damage is inflicted to all its portions.
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There, too, Washington's first instinct when things went badly was to reach for weapons better suited to another sort of conflict altogether, like the giant B-52 bombers used to carpet bomb Vietnamese jungles, to little effect.
If the musical written by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman were in the least bit cynical or deep reaching, the thing would merit carpet bombs.
With a whole array of weapons--clean bombs, seismic bombs, cluster bombs, carpet bombs, napalm and phosphorous bombs, fragmentation bombs--the US wreaked its vengeance on Vietnam's land and people for year after horrifying year.
Aug 7/8: RAF Bomber Command carpet bombs Caen area.