saturation bombing

an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
Derivationally related forms: ↑carpet bomb (for: ↑carpet bombing)
Hypernyms: ↑bombing, ↑bombardment

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intense area bombing intended to destroy everything in the target area.

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saturation bombing,
a method of bombing in which the heaviest possible tonnage or largest possible number of bombs is concentrated on a target so as to destroy it completely: »

They used a new strategy of saturation bombing, aimed at stopping the Communist rail supply to the front so that it stayed stopped (New York Times).

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