Definition of strike someone out (or strike out) in English:

strike someone out (or strike out)

phrasal verb

Baseball
  • 1Dismiss someone (or be dismissed) by means of three strikes.

    ‘Schmidt strikes out batter Garcia’
    ‘Ferguson was struck out for the second time’
    • ‘Win or lose, we learn to support the player who struck out or dropped the ball because sooner or later it's going to be us - that's baseball.’
    • ‘Turner began the game in dominating form, striking out four of the first six batters he faced.’
    • ‘Randy Johnson earned his 250th victory even though he failed to strike out a batter for the first time in nearly five years.’
    • ‘He had the edge on me, and he finally struck me out on a high fastball.’
    • ‘I'd drop the ball or strike out at bat, while the rest of my so-called teammates buried their heads in their hands and groaned.’
    1. 1.1strike outNorth American informal Fail or be unsuccessful.
      ‘the company struck out the first time it tried to manufacture personal computers’
      • ‘Or was that you with the receding hairline and the tremendous waistline, striking out left and right with the ladies?’
      • ‘Instead, he struck out (in my mind) with a pathetic ten-second response to a two-minute question.’
      • ‘They didn't go back there because they struck out.’
      • ‘I've struck out in movies and theater, and I don't want to go back to night clubs.’
      • ‘Simply stated, we need to consider why we are striking out as we are.’