Definition of stroke in English:

stroke

noun

  • 1An act of hitting or striking someone or something; a blow.

    ‘he received three strokes of the cane’
    • ‘Her hand fell back to Hart who gladly received the stroke.’
    • ‘Mullahs accused of teaching friends to read the Qu'ran in Arabic received whippings of 500 strokes or more.’
    • ‘Her punishment for the previous night's little escapade had been five swift strokes with a cane, on her bottom.’
    • ‘The men, too, were making guttural, animal-like noises as they whacked baseline strokes.’
    • ‘Six strokes of the cane will be given to ‘Islamic people in Aceh who don't perform Friday prayer for three times consecutively.’’
    • ‘The new law, which came into effect Aug.1, entails a mandatory six months in jail and up to six strokes of the cane for illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘The stride is divided into three phases: the slap, the stroke, and the recovery.’
    • ‘If proven guilty, he will be sentenced to a maximum of twenty-five years and twelve strokes of the cane. -’
    • ‘Shogun Lodge, his sword in one hand, countered the stroke of the heavy iron sword with an upward movement.’
    • ‘Illegal migrants and those convicted of harboring them now face a mandatory six months in jail and up to six strokes of the cane.’
    • ‘Pryce took his opponent's blow upon his shield, easily deflecting the downward stroke.’
    • ‘Punishment for those involved was sharp and painful in receiving half a dozen strokes across the bared back with a stiff cane.’
    • ‘He traps it between his legs, bends over at 90 degrees, and begins 70 to 150 ‘blows’ or strokes with his shears.’
    • ‘The verb ‘to hit’ still has, as its primary definition, ‘to give or deal a blow or stroke.’’
    • ‘Slavery and feudalism were in the end abolished, with a stroke of the pen followed if necessary by a stroke of the sword.’
    • ‘The Initiate is scourged, and then in return scourges the Initiator, three strokes for every one received.’
    • ‘The long clipper strokes are called ‘blows’ and this one, over the sheep's throat is the blow that requires the most skill of all.’
    • ‘But after receiving 75 strokes of the cane, he was granted an early release.’
    blow, hit, thump, thwack, punch, slap, smack, welt, cuff, box, knock, rap, buffet
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    1. 1.1 A method of striking the ball in sports or games.
      • ‘One of Bollettieri's coaches agreed to take her on court and with her first stroke she knocked his hat off.’
      • ‘DeHann had an excellent spring, showing a line-drive stroke to all fields and superb speed.’
      • ‘The hands and putter head need to work as one unit for the stroke to be effective.’
      • ‘But Korea, after missing a penalty stroke, scored three goals but lost by the narrowest of margins.’
      • ‘The one-day game has helped to expand a batsman's range of strokes and given him the confidence to play them.’
      • ‘David Small was the hero when he blasted a 20 meter free to the next with the final stroke of the game.’
      • ‘Though I don't want to be specific with any particular stroke in my game, overall despite the fitness problems, I think I served really well.’
      • ‘Always behind, the hosts converted a last-minute penalty stroke against a rejuvenated India team.’
      • ‘Gilchrist does not seem to play any defensive strokes.’
      • ‘US goal keeper Jeb Saez saved a penalty stroke late in the game to keep the score at 11-1.’
      • ‘He forced the Maritzburg goalkeeper, Ryan Gary, to lie on the ball, conceding a penalty stroke.’
      • ‘Kirchoff capped a fine game by converting a penalty stroke with two field goals completing the scoring.’
      • ‘The scorching backfoot cover-drive and the pick-up stroke on the on-side have fetched him runs in plenty.’
      • ‘The game went to penalty strokes after both teams failed to score in regulation.’
      • ‘This action is also seen in gymnastics in free exercise and beam routines, in the backhand stroke in racket sports, and in softball batting.’
      • ‘Berard is the potential home run hitter who hasn't found his long-ball stroke just yet.’
      • ‘Last Saturday an 18 hole stroke event was played in three grades.’
      • ‘A tough competitor, with a soft stroke for deep, Williams played only two games in Boston, but looked solid.’
      • ‘Still, if he finds his stroke in the play-offs, New York becomes extremely difficult to defend.’
      • ‘Each session focuses on particular strokes - no hiding that pathetic backhand volley - and they'll work on your mindset, too.’
      shot, hit, strike
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    2. 1.2 An act of hitting the ball with a club, as a unit of scoring.
      ‘he won by two strokes’
      • ‘Just enter as you play and it keeps track of your strokes, putts and score for a full round.’
      • ‘At that moment, Els was four under par, one stroke behind the leaders.’
      • ‘For instance, in a wave of eight players, the first person to sink their ball would deduct seven strokes from their score.’
      • ‘The average 90-shooter loses more strokes due to poor club and shot selection than to a bad swing or missed shot.’
      • ‘The Irishman is now two under, three strokes behind Tiger Woods.’
    3. 1.3 The sound made by a striking clock.
      ‘the first stroke would belt out from the clock’
      • ‘A clock chimed in the distance, its final count ending at eleven strokes.’
      • ‘There was a strong stroke and a weak one, like a sound and its echo.’
      • ‘Erik closed the door softly behind him as he entered, but it sounded like the stroke of a clock moments before death.’
      peal, ring, knell, striking, ding-dong, boom
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  • 2A mark made by drawing a pen, pencil, or paintbrush in one direction across paper or canvas.

    ‘the paint had been applied in careful, regular strokes’
    • ‘But it only takes five minutes and a pencil stroke to go and vote.’
    • ‘David bent over his notebook, making a few aimless strokes with his much-used pencil.’
    • ‘Then with the stroke of a pencil you are disposed of.’
    • ‘The coloring tapered off in pencil strokes on the end.’
    • ‘The pulled out the drawings for the palace and scrutinized every pencil stroke.’
    • ‘He then adds colored tape and marker strokes to the paper, which is subsequently affixed to canvas.’
    • ‘Somehow they look like the artist wanted to save on color and pencil strokes.’
    • ‘Then, tentatively he stained the paper with a few strokes.’
    • ‘In approving plans for closer monetary ties, Asian governments are painting with bold strokes on a big canvas.’
    • ‘Carefully apply paint to the open areas in the stencil using a small brush and light strokes.’
    • ‘Sara continued with the gentle strokes until very little color was transferred from brush to paper.’
    • ‘Katz's forte is history of ideas, on a grand canvas with bold strokes of broad brushes.’
    • ‘The strokes and marks of the paint link up across the picture surface to provide a single undifferentiated image.’
    • ‘I didn't even bother looking up; I just drew faster, making quick violent strokes on the paper.’
    • ‘Look closely at the pencil strokes in this drawing and you will not see one faltering line.’
    • ‘She wept violently as she drew, making harsh, thick strokes across the paper.’
    • ‘Has all this material been so bland or so often revisited it wasn't worth a few strokes of the pencil?’
    • ‘Sometimes the watercolor strokes and the pencil lines run in the same direction, and sometimes they are perpendicular.’
    • ‘Tiya began by using her pencils to make simple strokes to outline the world she confronted.’
    mark, line, slash, solidus, virgule
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    1. 2.1 A line forming part of a written or printed character.
      • ‘Kanji are the most difficult written Japanese characters, requiring as many as 23 separate strokes.’
      • ‘Nushu characters are structured by four kinds of strokes, including dots, horizontals, verticals and arcs.’
      • ‘The most efficient means is based exactly on the strokes of Chinese characters.’
      • ‘The straight horizontal and vertical strokes of the characters had been cut into the shapes of propitious things, such as lucky birds, lotuses and guavas.’
      • ‘Serifs are the short lines stemming from the strokes of letters, like the type you're reading now.’
      • ‘A practical reason is that text full of minimally simple hiragana strokes looks like a carpet pattern, hard to read quickly.’
      • ‘The beauty lies not only in the paper and strokes, it is also in the meaning of the words written.’
      • ‘Of the first letter, all that survives is the freestanding end of a diagonal stroke in the bottom right corner of the letter space.’
      • ‘Each is pronounced in either the original Chinese or Japanese form and each consists of 24 strokes.’
      • ‘Dongzi draws casual strokes or writes Chinese characters on ceramic ware.’
    2. 2.2 A short printed or written diagonal line typically separating characters or figures.
  • 3An act of moving one's hand across a surface with gentle pressure.

    ‘massage the cream into your skin using light upward strokes’
    • ‘Then, using the lightest pressure possible, roll with gentle, overlapping strokes to finish off.’
    • ‘Vary the pressure of your strokes, giving extra-special attention to Hawaii.’
    • ‘Because of new electro-static sensors, a gentle stroke on AIBO's head or back will trigger a response without needing to push or click.’
    • ‘Play some romantic music, lather him up, and use slow, gentle strokes to shave him.’
    • ‘He was always careful not to touch her, except for his brush, and then with just the gentlest of strokes.’
    • ‘After applying a little warm oil, use a combination of gentle and forceful strokes on the sole and heel, and don't forget the toes.’
    • ‘She gave the peacefully sleeping kitten a gentle stroke.’
    • ‘She soon relaxed though, for the gentle strokes of his hand along her back soothed her troubled nerves.’
    • ‘Silver laid a hand on Yuuba's head and gave it a few gentle strokes.’
    • ‘With gentle strokes of his fingertips, he wiped the wetness from her cheeks.’
    • ‘The angel kept her strokes even and gentle, humming a tune under her breath.’
    • ‘Diane licks his face and her bushy tail wags with happiness as Louis pets her beautiful fur with gentle strokes.’
    • ‘Jane, unconsciously, grabbed his hand and wrapped it between both of hers, soothing it with small, gentle strokes.’
    • ‘I waited for her to embrace me, but there were no hugs, no gentle strokes, no soothing words of love.’
    • ‘Experiment with different pressures and different strokes too.’
    • ‘Run the razor under the shower and then begin with some slow, gentle strokes in an upward motion.’
    • ‘Rub the salts in gentle circular strokes, avoiding the face and any open sores or cuts (salt stings wounds).’
    • ‘Alternatively, apply the toner to the face and neck with a ball of cotton, using smooth, gentle upward strokes.’
    • ‘For a final time it passed its forearm over the limb and with a gentle stroke of her fur stepped away.’
    • ‘Once you've decided on a shape, make short, light, upward feathery strokes with a soft, well-sharpened pencil to replicate the natural brow hairs.’
    press, tap, pat, nudge, prod, poke, push, glance, flick
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  • 4Each of a series of movements in which something moves out of its position and back into it.

    ‘the ray swam with effortless strokes of its huge wings’
    • ‘Every gesture, every stroke, every movement should be accepted by the system, with nuanced response.’
    • ‘However, as speed increased, fin strokes gradually moved toward synchrony with no discrete transition point.’
    movement, action, motion, move
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    1. 4.1 The whole motion of a piston in either direction.
      • ‘During the filling stroke of the accumulator piston, the compressed fluid is drawn from the primary piston.’
      • ‘This type of exhaust also significantly reduces the excess gasses after each exhaust stroke of the pistons.’
      • ‘During the compression stroke, the piston moves up the cylinder, squeezing this fuel-air mix.’
      • ‘In a wet-sump engine, a shorter stroke also cuts down on oil-pressure problems caused by windage and oil aeration.’
      • ‘In connection with the four stroke engines, they have proficient use of gas.’
      • ‘On the downward stroke of the piston, the intake valve opens to release fuel into the combustion chamber, then closes.’
      • ‘Instead, diesel fuel is injected into the cylinder, and the heat and pressure of the compression stroke cause the fuel to ignite.’
      • ‘Unfortunately he had a tug with a four stroke engine and they powered right through us.’
      • ‘Once the piston hits the bottom of its stroke, the exhaust valve opens and the exhaust leaves the cylinder to go out the tail pipe.’
      • ‘The stroke is the distance that the piston moves up and down.’
    2. 4.2 The rhythm to which a series of repeated movements is performed.
      ‘the rowers sing to keep their stroke’
      • ‘Then make it a habit to monitor your efficiency by constantly counting your strokes in practice repeats.’
    3. 4.3 A movement of the arms and legs forming one of a series in swimming.
      ‘I slipped into the water and swam a few strokes’
      • ‘You need to refine your stroke length and pace to maximize your hydrodynamic efficiency.’
      • ‘He swam towards her and grabbed her little hand and began to swim with powerful strokes towards the shore.’
      • ‘This article will illustrate some of the key points in the recovery of the first arm stroke out of the breakout in the backstroke.’
      • ‘She then walked into the water and began to swim with strong strokes to the middle of the lake.’
      • ‘I ducked back under the water, spun, and swam a few strokes forward.’
      • ‘A good backstroker knows how many strokes to take when they see the flags before flipping over onto their stomachs for the flip turn.’
      • ‘If long, you shorten up the pulling pattern, creating three shorter strokes where there would otherwise be two.’
      • ‘Last year I had the luxury of swimming a few strokes backstroke so I could get a good look at the Golden Gate Bridge.’
      • ‘The boy dressed in black immediately dove into the stronger current after her, making his way downstream with powerful strokes.’
      • ‘I can almost hear my heart beat in time with their intense swimming strokes.’
      • ‘Also, you will not be able to do your flip turn every 18 strokes.’
      • ‘Toussaint was illiterate, could not swim a stroke, nor could he operate a boat.’
      • ‘When you swim with long strokes you are training all of the muscle mass needed for fast efficient swimming.’
      • ‘Leo Durant could feel the muscles in his arms complain as he forced himself to swim in powerful strokes.’
      • ‘I take about two or three strokes, then I dive straight down to the bottom of the pool.’
      • ‘Merely swimming harder will lower your clock time but raise your stroke count, effectively making all your gains a wash.’
      • ‘She swam the few strokes to the edge and clambered out, in a very bad mood.’
      • ‘When we started training, the main focus was to swim with a higher stroke rate.’
      • ‘This is also an indication of the ability to swim with fewer strokes per lap.’
      • ‘She swam eastward a dozen strokes and stood shivering on the rocky bottom, waiting for Wolf to surface.’
      movement, action, motion, move
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    4. 4.4 A particular style of moving the arms and legs in swimming.
      ‘front crawl is a popular stroke’
      • ‘The problem with such exercises is that they are not specific to the swimmer's imbalances or to the different swimming strokes.’
      • ‘We had to hold floats between our feet while swimming the butterfly stroke, a difficult task.’
      • ‘You cannot do the stroke efficiently by doing any of the four movements faster than you can say them.’
      • ‘The torque or rotation in these strokes occurs in the lower torso, hips and legs.’
      • ‘If you eliminate the timing between the sculls and the kick, you are not swimming the same stroke.’
      • ‘This motion is a similar one to the movement of freestyle and butterfly strokes, where keeping elbows high is critical.’
      • ‘Any swimming stroke will help improve your stride, but the butterfly translates best to cross-country skiing.’
      • ‘It's not that I can't do certain advanced swimming strokes.’
      • ‘Different swimming strokes target different parts of the body, while the buoyancy of the water cushions muscles and joints.’
      • ‘She is also the only woman to have won golds in three different strokes - freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.’
      • ‘Though Mikhaila swims all strokes, she said she likes the backstroke the best.’
      • ‘For both strokes, you should have extremely good elbow bend-around 90 degrees.’
      • ‘Attempts to smooth out his strokes and add efficiency to his swimming proved unsuccessful.’
      • ‘The same team, swimming individual strokes, also won the medley team race.’
      • ‘We swim the full stroke, but change the focus from the hands to the elbows to the shoulders-all the way down to the feet.’
      • ‘This isn't a new concept, but it is being refined in the presentations, if not in the actual swimming strokes.’
      • ‘The more efficient your stroke, the less energy you expend to swim any distance.’
      • ‘First, it is the most difficult stroke to swim correctly because it is based on tempo and rhythm.’
      • ‘Over the years Emily has demonstrated tremendous versatility winning gold medals in all strokes in the regional championships.’
      • ‘Congested swimming space slows swimmers down, and swimmers swimming different strokes can get in each others way.’
    5. 4.5 (in rowing) the mode or action of moving the oar.
      • ‘During each training process, the team will complete 200 to 300 strokes at a speed of 75 to 80 strokes per minute.’
      • ‘Canada was rating 48 strokes per minute and Australia was right up there on 45.’
      • ‘The 25-year-olds stop in a pool of light, adjust their foot straps, then, as one, lean into their strokes, tearing chunks from the water.’
      • ‘The oarsmen rotated their oars at four strokes per half minute and didn't show any signs of fatigue.’
      • ‘Meanwhile the United States could find no speed in their short, choppy strokes.’
    6. 4.6 The oar or oarsman nearest the stern of a boat, setting the timing for the other rowers.
      • ‘Today Bencsik in stroke took his boat to the lead and for the first half of the race the duo led the field by just over a boat length.’
      • ‘I managed one kick and had to hang on to the stern before hauling myself back into the stroke seat.’
      • ‘Cech in stroke seat had his boat in a two and a half second lead over Germany's number two crew by the 1000.’
  • 5A sudden disabling attack or loss of consciousness caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain, especially through thrombosis.

    ‘he was left disabled by a stroke’
    mass noun ‘smoking increases the risk of stroke’
    • ‘Once patients are medically stable, they should be transferred to a stroke rehabilitation unit if further rehabilitation is required.’
    • ‘Extremely obese people are six times more likely to suffer heat stroke than thin people.’
    • ‘More serious risks include life-threatening blood clots, stroke, and heart attack.’
    • ‘Adult patients more than 18 years of age were eligible if they had acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation.’
    • ‘The pollution could also restrict their blood flow, causing strokes and heart attacks.’
    • ‘By preventing the formation of blood clots it can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.’
    • ‘That study also found no reduction in strokes among women who received the study drug.’
    • ‘There have been other pro athletes that have attempted to mount comebacks after suffering strokes.’
    • ‘The U.S. medical record says only he suffered heat stroke which led to the coma.’
    • ‘When Billy Cotton had a stroke he was advised to get rid of the band.’
    • ‘Rupture of a cerebral aneurysm usually results in bleeding in the brain, causing a haemorrhagic stroke.’
    • ‘They recruited patients from a stroke rehabilitation unit.’
    • ‘But just recently I found the diary I kept for the first year after the stroke and read the whole thing.’
    • ‘High cholesterol puts a person at risk of a heart attack or stroke caused by a blood clot, so balance is essential.’
    • ‘An ischaemic stroke is when the supply of blood to part of the brain is blocked.’
    • ‘For patients who have an acute ischemic stroke, the opportunity to limit the neurological damage is very time sensitive.’
    • ‘Zsa Zsa Gabor has now begun walking with the help of a cane after her stroke last month.’
    • ‘One percent may not sound like a lot, but 700,000 cases of stroke are expected this year in the U.S.’
    • ‘My wife had a stroke a week after my mother had a stroke.’
    • ‘About 750,000 new and recurrent strokes occur yearly.’
    thrombosis, embolism, cerebral vascular accident, cva, cerebral haemorrhage, ictus, seizure
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Move one's hand with gentle pressure over (a surface), typically repeatedly; caress.

    ‘he put his hand on her hair and stroked it’
    • ‘Meagan sat in front of her dresser, gently stroking her long black hair.’
    • ‘She took one flower in her hands and stroked the velvety surface of the petals.’
    • ‘The first, innocuous shower stroked the lake's surface but, when the wind came up, the loons began to call madly.’
    • ‘She stroked the surface of the shell, crooning nonsense words to the tiny baby inside, encouraging it to come into the world.’
    • ‘Christa sighed and enfolded her daughter into a hug, stroking her long black hair.’
    • ‘Jim continued to hug her, stroking her curly brown hair gently.’
    • ‘He stroked the metal surface, and not knowing how it all happened, slowly caused the door to swing on its hinges and open.’
    • ‘After stroking his dark brown hair to soothe him she fell into bed asleep in seconds.’
    • ‘In times like these, to stroke the orb's gentle surface was a comfort, yet I fought the urge to wake it from its resting place.’
    • ‘I rested my head against her chest, and she gently ran her fingers through my hair and stroked the side of my face.’
    • ‘Her arms hooked around his neck, fingers stroking his soft, silky brown hair and tracing the top of his spine.’
    • ‘‘It's alright,’ he said soothingly, stroking her long blonde hair.’
    • ‘Mrs. Taylor gives Madison to her father, and he holds her, lovingly stroking her long golden hair.’
    • ‘She stayed at his side for some time again, talking to him and stroking his curly brown hair.’
    • ‘Anna sat by the bed, once again, stroking his hair, and she stroked his side too.’
    • ‘I told my wife about it later and she ran a hand through my hair, stroking the sides of my head as it rested on her chest.’
    • ‘She kissed me gently, stroking my long black hair.’
    • ‘Imaginary fingers combed through his hair, stroked the side of his face.’
    • ‘I longed to stroke her shoulder-length reddish-tinted hair and whisper softly into her ear.’
    • ‘She thought about that hand touching and stroking and caressing her, and another strong wave of awareness washed over her.’
    caress, fondle, pat, pet, touch, brush, rub, massage, knead, soothe
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of place Apply (something) to a surface using a gentle movement.
      ‘she strokes blue eyeshadow on her eyelids’
      • ‘He murmured quietly, stroking the marks down his arm.’
      • ‘Lipstick had stroked a thin line across her lips, while delicately manicured and bejewelled fingers beat out an impatient rhythm on the menu cover.’
      • ‘She pulled out a blue lipstick and stroked it across her lips.’
      pat, press, touch, blot, mop, swab, smudge
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    2. 1.2North American informal Reassure or flatter (someone), especially in order to gain their cooperation.
      ‘production executives were expert at stroking stars and brokering talent’
      • ‘If you're not taking care of me, stroking me, anticipating my whims - you must be doing something wrong.’
      • ‘He had us in the palm of his baby-sized hands and instead of choking us in his usual cynicism, he joked with us and stroked us affectionately.’
      • ‘He's a very personable individual, and they like it when they go over and stroke him.’
  • 2Act as the stroke of (a boat or crew)

    ‘he stroked the coxed four to victory’
    • ‘Together they won the third heat today with their only real challenge coming from a higher stroking Great Britain crew.’
    • ‘Also qualifying is Russia and the 2000 Olympic gold crew from Italy stroked by Alessio Sartori.’
    • ‘The Queensland crew was stroked by World Junior Silver medallist in the single scull Eugene Arendsen.’
    • ‘The York City coxed four, stroked by Oliver Gill, were second fastest coxed boat of the day.’
    • ‘Today he stroked his crew to a World Championship finals berth but not before fighting off the Australians.’
  • 3Hit or kick (a ball) smoothly and deliberately.

    ‘Markwick stroked the ball home’
    • ‘Kaka strokes the ball beyond the far post, from where Adriano hooks it back across goal.’
    • ‘Beckham slide-rules a pass to Raul, who strokes the ball to Figo out on the right.’
    • ‘Geraghty stroked the ball to all parts and reached 50 from a team total of 65 before being dismissed on 89.’
    • ‘Manchester United are stroking the ball around the field for sport now.’
    • ‘The midfield trialist had the time and space to calmly stroke the ball into the unguarded net.’
    • ‘He picked out Mark O'Brien and the full forward calmly stroked the ball into the net.’
    • ‘With the pace of the second set of new balls Udomchoke strokes back Henman's first serve with venom.’
    • ‘The referee indicated that it would be the final kick of normal time, and Bell showed no signs of nerves as he stroked the ball over.’
    • ‘Monaco's players are just stroking the ball around for fun now, with the Chelsea players reduced to chasing shadows.’
    • ‘Barcelona stroke the ball around the field, defying Chelsea's players to come and win it from them.’
    • ‘He stroked over the conversion to put the Dalesmen back on terms at 7-7.’
    • ‘Eddie was cool and stroked the ball over to give his side sweet revenge by the narrowest of margins.’
    • ‘Early possession for Spain B, who are stroking the ball around nicely among themselves.’
    • ‘Bafana started off casually stroking the ball around.’
    • ‘The way he strokes the ball around a football pitch is akin to the way his compatriot van Gogh stoked a paintbrush over a canvass.’
    • ‘A few hours later, he was stroking the last ball of the day to the boundary to bring up a century.’
    • ‘The huge Dutch contingent in the crowd is in fine voice as their players stroke the ball around.’
    • ‘Such was the difference in class that All Stars stroked the ball around with a nonchalance that sometimes bordered on the arrogant.’
    • ‘Simon Smith stroked over the conversion to put his side 7-0 in front.’
    • ‘For half an hour he had showed himself, through the unhurried ease with which he stroked the ball around, to be a cut above.’

Phrases

  • at a (or one) stroke

    • By a single action having immediate effect.

      ‘attitudes cannot be changed at a stroke’
      • ‘We can restore parental choice at one stroke of the minister's pen.’
      • ‘That would do it, world peace at one stroke of the cheque book.’
      • ‘Towns don't often get the opportunity to double its centre at a stroke.’
      • ‘This more than doubled Artemis's size at a stroke, as well as giving it a much stronger marketing platform on which to build.’
      • ‘The interlinking of rivers in the country can also solve the multiple problem of drought and unavailability of water at one stroke.’
      • ‘It was, in truth, a compromise, and the working arrangement suddenly threatens to come crashing down at a stroke.’
      • ‘And he is probably calculating his salary will double or treble at a stroke.’
      • ‘Why not get rid of the agricultural protection at one stroke?’
      • ‘Local residents have been stunned by the plans, which would double the size of the local population at a stroke.’
      • ‘That suffering could be alleviated at one stroke by lifting the sanctions.’
      immediately, at once, straight away, right away, instantaneously, suddenly, abruptly, all of a sudden, on the instant, at a stroke, forthwith, then and there, there and then, here and now, that minute, this minute, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant
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  • not (or never) do a stroke of work

    • Do no work at all.

      ‘he has long, pale hands which have clearly never done a stroke of work’
      • ‘Now we hear that you have some among you living quite undisciplined lives, never doing a stroke of work.’
      • ‘He was charming and funny and a great story teller, and he never did a stroke of work.’
      • ‘I am free as the air, and never do a stroke of work; and, as for fodder, I have only to go to the hills and there I find far more than enough for my needs.’
      • ‘He gets money in plenty; he fasts no oftener than other Mohammedans; he has two wives; he never does a stroke of work.’
      • ‘The best person that has ever worked with my cutting machines is a boy only 18 years old, who never did a stroke of work in his life before that.’
      • ‘From the day of the accident he never did a stroke of work.’
      • ‘Lucretia is one of those lucky movie journalists who never does a stroke of work.’
      • ‘It was said that Winston's father, Randolph, never did a stroke of work in his whole life, and neither did his mother Jennie.’
      • ‘In a tiny cottage near the king's palace there once lived an old man, his wife, and his son, a very lazy fellow, who would never do a stroke of work.’
      • ‘He never did a stroke of work in his life.’
  • on the stroke of ——

    • Precisely at the specified time.

      ‘he arrived on the stroke of two’
      • ‘The all-clear was officially given on the stroke of New Year's Day.’
      • ‘There was a very fine attendance at the Christmas Eve Mass which ended on the stroke of midnight.’
      • ‘Wicklow came again and grabbed the winner just on the stroke of time.’
      • ‘Their lead didn't last long, however, as right on the stroke of half-time the sides were level again.’
      • ‘Derry finally crossed for North Yorkshire on the stroke of half-time following a flowing cross-field move.’
      • ‘Athy were unlucky not to add another try on the stroke of full time.’
      • ‘Finally, at the stroke of midnight, they started back for her hotel.’
      • ‘At the stroke of noon Company A would start blowing up what was left.’
      • ‘Thousands of fireworks were let off in the castle grounds at the stroke of midnight to mark to the start of the New Year.’
      • ‘Jones notched a penalty on the stroke of halftime to make it 15-6.’
      precisely, exactly, right, directly, immediately, squarely, just, dead
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  • put someone off their stroke

    • Disconcert someone so that they do not work or perform as well as they might.

      ‘the man's presence put him off his stroke on the phone’
      • ‘That's the noise that puts them off their stroke at the Dubbo golf course.’
      annoy, irritate, irk, vex, nettle, needle, anger, exasperate
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  • stroke of genius

    • An outstandingly brilliant and original idea.

      ‘the new piece of propaganda was a stroke of genius’
      • ‘Sure, many fashion designers are extremely creative people with occasional strokes of genius.’
      • ‘This seemed like a brilliant stroke of genius - until the guys at the other side of the intersection did the same thing.’
      • ‘Though fixing the tower in this way was thought to be a stroke of genius, it was also considered a hazardous way to go.’
      • ‘The match, tight as it inevitably will be, could be decided by one stroke of genius.’
      • ‘And then one day, it came to me like a stroke of genius.’
      • ‘This bit of the information was Robert Shields' idea, a stroke of genius.’
      • ‘Alan Rickman as Snape was a brilliant stroke of genius.’
      • ‘A bad idea does not become a stroke of genius just because you place it on the web.’
      • ‘Someone had hit upon a bold concept, a stroke of genius, in fact.’
      • ‘The whole C.M. Punk storyline several months ago was a stroke of pure genius.’
      feat, accomplishment, achievement, attainment, coup, master stroke, stratagem
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  • stroke of (good) luck

    • A fortunate occurrence that could not have been predicted or expected.

      ‘it was a stroke of luck that he hadn't left yet’
      • ‘It was a stroke of luck that set him on the right path.’
      • ‘By a stroke of luck, his enemies are also divided.’
      • ‘Having different cultures is a stroke of luck for a country.’
      • ‘When you lose, don't lose the lesson - remember that not getting what you want can sometimes be a wonderful stroke of luck.’
      • ‘There were two key strokes of luck on the night.’
      • ‘Do we rejoice at this stroke of luck, nourish and expand on it?’
      • ‘And it is only a stroke of luck which has helped him gain a middle order slot in the first and second Tests.’
      • ‘By some stroke of luck, she had dropped the knife on her foot.’
      • ‘So one of the hijackers gets through really by a stroke of luck.’
      • ‘The father gives up in despair and then, by a miraculous stroke of luck, he spots the bicycle thief and pursues him into a brothel.’

Origin

Old English strācian ‘caress lightly’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch streek ‘a stroke’, German streichen ‘to stroke’, also to strike. The earliest noun sense ‘blow’ is first recorded in Middle English.

Pronunciation

stroke

/strəʊk/