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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.]
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(Military) military an act or instance of strafing
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The delivery of automatic weapons fire by aircraft on ground targets.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.