carpet-bombing


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carpet-bombing

[′kär·pət ‚bäm·iŋ]
(ordnance)
The laying down of bombs in a creeping pattern to cover the area as with a carpet.
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This is a double irony for the German city of Dresden, painstakingly rebuilt to its baroque glory after the infamous Allied carpet-bombing in the latter stages of World War 2.
I'D SUSPECTED SOMETHING LESS THAN 100% PERFORMANCE, BUT HERE THEY WERE, CARPET-BOMBING NORTHERN ALLIANCE CITIES.
In The Rings of Saturn, which may be Sebald's finest book, the author explores, among other things, the staggering losses of the 8th British Air Fleet in World War II (9,000 planes and 15,000 crewmen engaged in the cruel and pointless campaign to break the morale of Germany's civilians by carpet-bombing its cities), the spread of unemployment and illiteracy in and around Lowestoft, the ominous dwindling of herring catches, the bitter death in their Ukrainian exile of two Polish patriots who happened to be Joseph Conrad's parents, the incurable lifelong loneliness of Edward Fitzgerald, the horrific massacres of the Taiping Rebellion, and the decline of sericulture in Europe.
In this month's Rant, the San Francisco writer argues that the age of suicide hijackers, anthrax attacks, and carpet-bombing of Stone Age central Asian countries is not, as many pious commentators have claimed, inevitably making the world a more caring and sincere place.
From Friday last week, opposition troops approached Kabul within 6 kilometers of the city as the United States continued carpet-bombing attacks on Taliban front lines in support of the Alliance offensive.
The once-proud fanatics offered to give up the besieged city of Kunduz after ferocious carpet-bombing.
When I'm scanning around and hear two inarticulate sports guys talk about carpet-bombing Afghanistan .
Our 1,000 bomber carpet-bombing wiped out everything.
An image of the RAF carpet-bombing Le Havre in September 1944 would have illustrated your caption (AR August, p31) so much better than does that cheerful archive photograph of youthful Ferret brothers from IFA/Norma's new book.
was systematically carpet-bombing Japanese cities, destroying every thing with almost no resistance.
Like saying Minimal Lethal Force to describe the carpet-bombing of innocent Iraqis.