strafe

[streyf, strahf]
verb (used with object), strafed, strafing.
1.
to attack (ground troops or installations) by airplanes with machine-gun fire.
2.
Slang. to reprimand viciously.
noun
3.
a strafing attack.

Origin:
1910–15; < German strafen to punish

strafer, noun
unstrafed, adjective
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strafe (streɪf, strɑːf)
 
vb
1.  to machine-gun (troops, etc) from the air
2.  slang to punish harshly
 
n
3.  an act or instance of strafing
 
[C20: from German strafen to punish]
 
'strafer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

strafe
1915, "punish, attack," picked up by British soldiers from Ger. strafen "to punish" (from P.Gmc. *stræf-), in slogan Gott strafe England "May God punish England," current in Germany c.1914-16 at the start of World War I. The word used for many kinds of attack at first; meaning "shoot up ground
positions from low-flying aircraft" emerged as the main sense 1942.
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Example sentences
They bombed the barracks and they would bomb and then they would come in and
  strafe.
Well, the gunnery range has your bomb circles and also has all the strafe
  targets you strafe and what they call skip bomb targets.
And another way was, of course, they sent their planes over early in the
  morning to strafe our supply companies.
The planes that missed leveled off and then tried to strafe the ship launches
  which were in the water.
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