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strafe

Syllabification: strafe
Pronunciation: /strāf
 
/

Definition of strafe in English:

verb

[with object]
Attack repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft: military aircraft strafed the village
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
bomb, shell, bombard, fire on, machine-gun, rake with gunfire, enfilade
archaic fusillade

noun

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An attack from low-flying aircraft.
Example sentences
  • Remember that a well-placed strafe will chew up an airplane on the ground.

Origin

early 20th century: humorous adaptation of the German World War I catchphrase Gott strafe England 'may God punish England'.

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