Definition of strafe in English:


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Pronunciation: /strɑːf
, streɪf


[with object]
  • Attack repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft: military aircraft strafed the village
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    • 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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  • An attack from low-flying aircraft: next morning they were to carry out a strafe of airfields in southern Greece
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    • Remember that a well-placed strafe will chew up an airplane on the ground.


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

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