strafe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strafe attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane "civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender"
    • n strafe an attack of machine-gun fire or cannon fire from a low flying airplane "the next morning they carried out a strafe of enemy airfields"
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Usage

In literature:

I spent an hour this morning strafing everybody in the cook-house.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
The "not very tasteful 'Gott strafe England'" has given the English a new word, one writer remarks (Sept. 21, 1915).
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
The great idea was to strafe Arabs.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
At least, they are free to "strafe" him.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
We were told they got two weeks' cells and six weeks of sitting on the stools in strafe barracks.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
IN all there were twenty planes starting out on that momentous expedition to "strafe the Kaiser," as Jack called it.
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
We spotted a strafed unterseeboot flying a white flag.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Some days we would "strafe" him with trench mortars; on others we would give him a touch of our artillery.
"Over the top with the 25th" by R. Lewis
Gott strafe the English, and in particular your detestable little boy.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
One of Heaven's little ways of strafing him for Doggieism.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
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In poetry:

I want to quit and take a sit
In some place clean and brighter,
Let those who like come down the pike
To strafe the German blighter."
"Troubles In The Trenches" by Abner Cosens
Brutus.
Wenn Caesar Rom will unterdruecken,
Muss Brutus ihn zur Strafe ziehn.
Ich will den Dolch ins Herz ihm druecken:
Mit Zittern zwar, doch drueck ich ihn.
"Die Wider Den Caesar Verschworne Helden" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Mein Damon spricht:
Kind, luege nicht!
Sonst werd ich strafen muessen,
Und dich zur Strafe kuessen.
Er droht mir, sieht verdruesslich aus,
Und strafet mich schon im voraus.
"Die Luegenhafte Phyllis" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
GOD heard the embattled nations
sing and shout
"Gott strafe England!" and "God save the King!"
God this, God that, and God the other thing
"Good God!" said God, "I've got my work cut out."
"Epigram I - The Dilemma" by John Collings Squire
I'm goin' back to Blighty, which I left to strafe the 'Un;
I've fought in bloody battles, and I've 'ad a 'eap of fun;
But now me flipper's busted, and I think me dooty's done,
And I'll kiss me gel in Blighty in the mawnin'.
"Going Home" by Robert W Service

In news:

Local physicians Rahul and Neena Chaturvedi have been mercilessly strafed in the press by some of their patients and by the state, which has temporarily suspended Dr Rahul Chaturvedi's license.
Adolf Galland during the Spanish Civil War, in which he flew Heinkel He-51 biplanes, more often on strafing missions than in aerial combat.
It's harder to snipe a transferring goal so usually strafe eventually left to suitable or some appliance of the aforementioned when sniping .
Pro-Obama 'super PAC' uses '47%' comment to strafe Romney.
Warplane Strafes a School in New Jersey.
Stuffed with lamb and strafed with generous rivulets of spicy red oil.
War with Iraq > Aboard the Constellation Tomcats answer the call, drop down for low-level strafing run.
Strafing the American Southwest in a paddle-shift C6.
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