One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A series of bursts of gunfire.
Early 20th century. From French rafale series of bursts of gunfire, specifically use of rafale gust of wind, further origin uncertain and disputed: see Trésor de la langue française at rafale and Französisches etymol. Wörterbuch at raff-.
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