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strafe

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transitive verb \ˈstrāf, especially British ˈsträf\

Simple Definition of strafe

  • : to attack (something) with machine guns from low-flying airplanes

Full Definition of strafe

strafedstraf·ing

  1. :  to rake (as ground troops) with fire at close range and especially with machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft

strafe noun
straf·er noun

Examples of strafe

  1. The planes strafed the town.



Origin of strafe

German Gott strafe England may God punish England, German propaganda slogan during World War I


First Known Use: 1915

Rhymes with strafe


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