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tr.v. strafed, straf·ing, strafes
To attack (ground troops, for example) with a machine gun or cannon from a low-flying aircraft.
An attack of machine-gun or cannon fire from a low-flying aircraft.
[From German (Gott) strafe (England), (God) punish (England), a common World War I slogan, from strafen, to punish, from Middle High German strāfen, to contest, admonish.]
1. (Military) to machine-gun (troops, etc) from the air
2. slang to punish harshly
(Military) an act or instance of strafing
[C20: from German strafen to punish]
v. strafed, straf•ing,
1. to attack (ground troops, etc.) with fire from low-flying airplanes.n.
2. a strafing attack.
[1915; extracted from the German propaganda slogan Gott strafe England may God punish England]
Past participle: strafed
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|Noun||1.||strafe - an attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplane; "the next morning they carried out a strafe of enemy airfields"|
|Verb||1.||strafe - attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane; "civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender"|