Definition of strafe
: to rake (ground troops, an airfield, etc.) with fire at close range and especially with machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft
Examples of strafe in a sentence
The planes strafed the town.
Origin and Etymology of strafe
German Gott strafe England may God punish England, German propaganda slogan during World War I
First Known Use: 1915
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Definition of strafe for English Language Learners
: to attack (something) with machine guns from low-flying airplanes
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