Definition of strafe in English:
- Then the village is burned to the ground as those trying to escape are bombed and strafed by aircraft.
- Unopposed for much of the raid, they dive bombed ordinary streets, strafing them with machine gun fire.
- Several enemy aircraft were strafed and destroyed and airfield buildings were attacked.
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early 20th century: humorous adaptation of the German World War I catchphrase Gott strafe England 'may God punish England'.
This term for ‘to attack from low-flying aircraft’ was a humorous adaptation of the German First World War catchphrase Gott strafe England ‘may God punish England’.
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