strafe

verb
\ ˈstrāf How to pronounce strafe (audio) , especially British ˈsträf\
strafed; strafing

Definition of strafe

transitive verb

: to rake (ground troops, an airfield, etc.) with fire at close range and especially with machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft

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Other Words from strafe

strafe noun
strafer noun

Examples of strafe in a Sentence

The planes strafed the town.
Recent Examples on the Web The president had no public events scheduled on Friday, Sept. 6, as Dorian strafed North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane and NOAA released an unsigned statement about the Alabama matter. Anchorage Daily News, "‘This isn’t just a stupid story, it’s a big story’: An oral history of Sharpiegate," 14 Sep. 2019 The president had no public events scheduled on Friday, Sept. 6, as Dorian strafed North Carolina as a category 1 hurricane and NOAA released an unsigned statement about the Alabama matter. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "‘This isn’t just a stupid story, it’s a big story’: An oral history of Sharpiegate," 13 Sep. 2019 But during its offshore path up the edge of the state, Matthew strafed the Florida coast with a large, damaging wind field. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "A day of questioning Hurricane Dorian: It’s going to turn, right?," 2 Sep. 2019 The island was strafed by Japanese aircraft but never invaded, and American troops staged from Adak successfully retook the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska. Author: Paxson Woelber, Anchorage Daily News, "Trekking into the storm-battered, golden beauty of Adak Island," 17 June 2019 The rant, scraped from Facebook and posted on Twitter, talked about having the freedom to wait in line for a pretzel before devolving into an unhinged screed strafing child-free millennials with profanities. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Is going to Disneyland or Disney World more fun without kids? Definitely. Here's why.," 2 Aug. 2019 At Chad’s request, French warplanes from Barkhane, France’s anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, strafed the rebels for three days. The Economist, "Idriss Déby, Chad’s despot, is struggling to stay in power," 18 July 2019 Local news outlets report gunfire strafed the inside and parking lot of the Stadium Ultralounge & Bar early Saturday, apparently beginning after a fight where videos show one man breaking a bottle over another man’s head. Time, "7 Wounded in Louisiana Nightclub Shooting," 30 June 2019 Planes that dropped paratroopers on D-Day, bombed German defenses and strafed Panzer units may well have been flown first by women from factories on their way to the front, where men were at the controls. Fox News, "Women at war: Backstage heroines in D-Day's 75th anniversary," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of strafe

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strafe

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

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21 Sep 2019

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The first known use of strafe was in 1915

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strafe

verb
How to pronounce strafe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of strafe

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

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