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strafe / strāf/ • v. [tr.] attack repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft: military aircraft strafed the village. • n. an attack from low-flying aircraft. ORIGIN: early 20th cent.: humorous adaptation of the German World War I catchphrase Gott strafe England ‘may God punish England.’

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strafe attack repeatedly with bombs or machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft; humorous adaptation of the German First World War catchphrase Gott strafe England ‘may God punish England’, coined by the German writer Alfred Funke (b. 1869).

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strafe punish, damage, attack fiercely. XX. f. G. phr. Gott strafe England God chastise England, current in Germany c.1914.
Hence sb. fierce assault.

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