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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To attack (ground troops, for example) with a machine gun or cannon from a low-flying aircraft.
  • noun An attack of machine-gun or cannon fire from a low-flying aircraft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To attack (ground targets) with automatic gunfire from a low-flying aircraft.
  • verb transitive, video games to sidestep; to move sideways without turning. A core mechanic of most first-person shooters.
  • noun An attack of machine-gun or cannon fire from a low-flying aircraft.
  • noun video games A sideways movement without turning.

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  • verb attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane
  • noun an attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplane

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From German (Gott) strafe (England), (God) punish (England), a common World War I slogan, from strafen, to punish, from Middle High German strāfen, to contest, admonish.]

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German strafe ("punish"), a conjugated form of strafen ("punish") the British saw in German expressions like "Gott strafe England" ("God punish England") during the First World War.

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