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strafe (strayf)

verb tr.: To attack (ground troops, etc.) with a machine gun from a low-flying aircraft.

noun: Such an attack.

[From German propaganda slogan "Gott strafe England" (May God punish England) during WWI, from strafen (to punish).]

"An AP reporter took shelter behind some rocks on the edge of the village of Dachu-Borzoi as helicopters swooped down to strafe the woods."
Russians, Rebels Fight `Street by Street', Greensboro News & Record, Jan 20, 2000.

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