strafer

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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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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