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to systematically bomb (a large target area) so as to completely destroy it.
Contemporary Examples

He will almost certainly continue to carpet-bomb Gingrich over the airwaves.
Money Changed Everything for Mitt Romney in Florida Primary Paul Begala January 31, 2012


To mount a highly destructive and intense opposition; clobber: The Bush campaign car-pet-bombed Dukakis from Labor Day onward

[1980s+; fr a 1950s term for total area bombing, laying as it were a carpet of bombs]


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