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’
    • ‘Turner began the game in dominating form, striking out four of the first six batters he faced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1strike outNorth American informal Fail or be unsuccessful.
      ‘the company struck out the first time it tried to manufacture personal computers’
      • ‘They didn't go back there because they struck out.’
      • ‘Instead, he struck out (in my mind) with a pathetic ten-second response to a two-minute question.’
      • ‘Simply stated, we need to consider why we are striking out as we are.’
      • ‘I've struck out in movies and theater, and I don't want to go back to night clubs.’
      • ‘Or was that you with the receding hairline and the tremendous waistline, striking out left and right with the ladies?’