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.
Recent Examples of strafe from the Web
To break up the monotony, Nazi planes -- emitting an unmistakable drone that becomes a dreaded harbinger of doom in the film -- occasionally strafe and bomb the sitting British ducks.
And that’s about all the exposition Nolan supplies. Unseen enemy gunfire drives a panicked Tommy (newcomer Fionn Whitehead) to the beach, where several hundred thousand troops await rescue while the Luftwaffe strafes them.
Men claw their way on to troop ships; those ships are strafed or torpedoed or sunk.
That bedlam strafed the heart of the nation’s legislative branch and law enforcement community – to say nothing of the summer therapy provided by the national pastime.
On Dec. 7, 1941, his Zero crashed on Ni’ihau, a Hawaiian island, after strafing Bellows Field during Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
OK, never mind the au jus shower that strafed an otherwise perfectly presentable pair of cargo shorts, this was beef bursting from its French bread base.
Two helicopter gunships had just finished strafing the city, and now people were pointing toward a Vietnam-era attack aircraft circling overhead.
U.S. forces then strafed the village with helicopter gunfire, killing villagers, damaging a dozen buildings, and wiping out the village’s livestock.
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Origin and Etymology of strafe
German Gott strafe England may God punish England, German propaganda slogan during World War I
First Known Use: 1915See Words from the same year
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: to attack (something) with machine guns from low-flying airplanes
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