strafe (v.)

1915, "punish, attack, bomb heavily," picked up by British soldiers from German strafen "to punish" (from Proto-Germanic *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. Related: Strafed; strafing.

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Definitions of strafe from WordNet
strafe (v.)
attack with machine guns or cannon fire from a low-flying plane;
civilians were strafed in an effort to force the country's surrender
strafe (n.)
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