Definition of strike in US English:



  • 1with object Hit forcibly and deliberately with one's hand or a weapon or other implement.

    ‘he raised his hand, as if to strike me’
    ‘one man was struck on the head with a stick’
    no object ‘Edgar struck out at her’
    • ‘I got hit in the back of the head with a sock full of batteries, struck right back here - split my head open.’
    • ‘With his two weapons he struck the unguarded shoulder of the creature.’
    • ‘Police said the two boys, aged around 15, were punched, kicked and struck with weapons after becoming separated from friends.’
    • ‘It even occurred in hand-to-hand combat because men were not recognized as being friendly or because, in the press of battle, a weapon drawn back to strike a foe might hit a friend instead.’
    • ‘But the bottom line is, that karate, allows you to use your hands and feet as weapons, and to strike much more quickly than you can with a sword.’
    • ‘Finally, I slapped Billy, striking my own face in the process.’
    • ‘He raced towards the hags, preparing to strike them with the weapon.’
    • ‘The appalling scene resulted in a Garda being bitten twice on the arm while the same Garda was also struck forcibly with an iron bar.’
    • ‘With a quick move, quicker then anyone's eyes could follow, Jeff pulled the sword along with its sheath from his belt and struck Matt in the face.’
    • ‘A driver who deliberately struck a Customs officer, leaving him with serious leg injuries, is beginning a six-month jail sentence today.’
    • ‘He got up on his feet, clutching his weapon, ready to strike her down.’
    • ‘Quickly reversing his weapon, he struck the gladiator across the jaw with the broadsword's pommel.’
    • ‘Her mother shielded her head and the man lifted the pointed weapon to strike her down.’
    • ‘There are methods of assisting the victim in waking up and focussing attention such as slapping the victim, striking the sole of the foot, or yelling.’
    • ‘He has been jailed for brutally lashing out at his ex-girlfriend with a hammer, before striking her dog over the head with a similar weapon.’
    • ‘He kept striking Keiran with the belt.’
    • ‘He lifted his weapon but was struck from behind, falling to the floor.’
    • ‘The veteran came leaping in, lashing out with his gigantic weapon, striking nothing.’
    • ‘He is also charged with assault for allegedly striking detainees - and ordering detainees to strike each other.’
    • ‘She threw out a hard left-handed punch, striking nothing but air.’
    bang, beat, hit, pound
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    1. 1.1 Inflict (a blow)
      with two objects ‘he struck her two blows on the leg’
      • ‘He struck another blow to Darcy's groin and the referee promptly stopped the fight and nominated Darcy as the winner.’
      • ‘Not a blow is struck, but this is unmitigated domestic violence.’
      • ‘He admitted striking the first blow, but denied hitting him again.’
      • ‘Any criticism of how the trial judge handled the issue of who struck the fatal blow was totally misplaced.’
      • ‘They struck painful blows and it could have ended up being far more serious than it was.’
      • ‘Charles, who has admitted striking the first blow, claimed it was a robbery that went wrong.’
      • ‘She told the prosecutor she thought about 20 blows were struck.’
      • ‘The police officer claimed he used the baton in self-defence, although he admitted that he had struck the first blow.’
      • ‘Maybe you miss once or twice, then you strike the death blow.’
      • ‘With that stone the brute had tried to strike the death blow.’
      • ‘The court heard that the axe disappeared but blood stains were found in the caravan and a mark in the roof appeared to show the axe had been raised before the blow was struck.’
      • ‘Giving evidence for the defence, he told the jury that he had used the cosh and struck the bone-breaking blow.’
      • ‘Experts calculated up to a dozen blows were struck.’
      • ‘Neither of us won the fight, as it was parted before the final blow was struck, but I definitely was having the upper hand.’
      • ‘It was not clear who struck the fatal blow on Halloween night in October 2002.’
      • ‘When St George finally struck the fatal blow, the dragon's blood gushed out onto the hilltop and the grass has refused to grow there ever since.’
      • ‘Tonight, apparently, she has struck the death blow!’
      • ‘Mr Haven, of Indianapolis, said the Titanic struck a glancing blow to the iceberg as it attempted to turn away.’
      • ‘He came increasingly into the fight and struck a fierce blow in round 10, flooring McGuigan, who had nothing left.’
      hit, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, crack, swat, knock, rap
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    2. 1.2 Accidentally hit (a part of one's body) against something.
      ‘she fell, striking her head against the side of the boat’
      • ‘She watched in horror as her friend fell from the mountain ridge and struck her head on rocks.’
      • ‘The 21-year-old testified that he pushed her so hard that she fell and struck her head against a wall at her apartment.’
      • ‘He fell backwards and struck his head on the pavement.’
      • ‘A pathologist believed the injury was caused by Mr Dobbs falling backwards and striking his head on the floor.’
      • ‘A Texas pathologist who received the original findings later suggested the woman died accidentally when she fell down the stair backwards and struck her head.’
      • ‘Tragically, he started driving anyway, and she fell off, striking her head on the pavement.’
      • ‘He fell forward, striking his face on the pavement and blacking out some time between 2pm and 3pm last Monday.’
      • ‘Witnesses told police they believed she was trying to slow the horse from an uncontrolled gallop when she fell, striking her head.’
    3. 1.3 Come into forcible contact or collision with.
      ‘he was struck by a car on Whitepark Road’
      • ‘It could get struck by lightning or smashed up in your car.’
      • ‘He ran into a bear in Ontario and was nearly struck by lightning the same day.’
      • ‘Having collided with the crash barrier, the car struck a pedestrian bridge, before rolling into a ditch where it caught fire and exploded.’
      • ‘Swerving to avoid an oncoming car, his vehicle struck the kerb, crashed backwards through the stone balustrade and plunged into the river.’
      • ‘Motorists, who were left stranded after their cars struck a monster pothole, are demanding to know why the council did not issue warnings.’
      • ‘Having my place struck by lightning was a shock, but quite frankly - it's replaceable, but my family's not.’
      • ‘Her car struck a wall in the early hours of Friday morning.’
      • ‘This occurs when a large body weighing in excess of 100 tons strikes Earth's surface at sufficiently high velocity.’
      • ‘A journey back from the shop for two young Sligo town boys ended in one of them getting struck by a car while the other watched on helplessly.’
      • ‘Then a blue van struck the front of the lorry as it was in the ditch, pushing two ladders, which were on board, into the driver's side of the lorry cab.’
      • ‘When he saw the accident, he pulled to the side but the truck veered across and struck the front of the van.’
      • ‘Tammy died on impact when her car struck the tree.’
      • ‘The jet sped off the end of the runway, crossed a busy highway, and struck several cars before crashing into a warehouse.’
      • ‘You can get struck by lightning just walking out of your house.’
      • ‘The left front corner of the dump truck struck the right side of the tractor trailer.’
      • ‘Fortunately for all, the missile fell perfectly into the foam cut-outs and didn't strike any hard surfaces on its way down.’
      • ‘But his shot struck the underside of the bar and rebounded out to safety.’
      • ‘The rock struck the center of the tree trunk with a resounding ping.’
      • ‘He was then ‘propelled’ along the road before striking a traffic light post in the incident.’
      • ‘Occasionally, one of those leftover chunks of protoplanetary matter strikes Earth's surface.’
      crash into, collide with, be in collision with, hit, run into, knock into, bang into, bump into, smash into, slam into, crack against, crack into, dash against
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    4. 1.4 (of a beam or ray of light or heat) fall on (an object or surface)
      ‘the light struck her ring, reflecting off the diamond’
      • ‘The beam struck the epicenter of the dust cloud, and then there was a massive explosion.’
      • ‘It suddenly sent out a blue beam of light which struck the missile, a guard and a dog all at the same time.’
      • ‘In most parts of the world sufficient sunlight strikes the surfaces of buildings on an annual basis to power an efficient household and an efficient electric car.’
      • ‘If the light striking a blue surface is predominantly blue, the blue object will appear almost white in a black and white photograph.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, a beam of light struck down through grey skies, and a great voice behind it rumbled: Mark my words!’
      • ‘Mirrors, spherical or otherwise, operate on the principle that the angle of reflection of a ray of light equals the angle at which it strikes the mirror's surface.’
      • ‘A beam of light shot out and struck the blonde in the forehead.’
      • ‘When a beam strikes the card, the material produces fluorescence in the visible spectrum.’
      • ‘He was about to shoot Tim when a beam of blue light struck him in the chest.’
      • ‘Beams of light struck the path from gaps in the canopy of leaves above, leaving the squires and witch with a wondrous view of the forest.’
      • ‘When light strikes a flat surface it is polarized to some extent, depending on the angle at which it strikes the surface.’
      • ‘These precious stones hung from the ends of each branch and as the sunlight struck their surface it dispersed onto the water below.’
      • ‘A single beam of light struck the pendant he wore and it shimmered in his eyes.’
      • ‘Their jeep was travelling at around 100 km/hr outside Kinnegad on the Mullingar road when the beam struck the vehicle.’
      • ‘When weather conditions have been ideal, the red shades we so often covet are created if intense sunlight strikes the leaf's surface during autumn.’
      • ‘They're differences in the amount of light striking a surface, just as they are differences in the light reflected from the surface to the eye.’
      • ‘He stopped pacing when a beam of dusty sunlight struck his face.’
      • ‘We have sought for such things and we believe that we have found them in the shaft of light striking the shimmering surface of solid rock.’
      • ‘Then a beam of stray sunlight struck the mist, and she understood.’
      • ‘The beams struck the creature as Kate shielded her eyes.’
    5. 1.5 (in sporting contexts) hit or kick (a ball) so as to score a run, point, or goal.
      ‘he struck the ball into the back of the net’
      • ‘I'm playing great, probably striking the ball as well as I have ever done in my career.’
      • ‘My fitness levels have never been so good and I'm confident in the way I'm striking the ball.’
      • ‘To tell the truth, I have never struck a golf ball so well.’
      • ‘In my opinion, golf etiquette starts long before the first ball is struck off the tee.’
      • ‘I have been striking the ball well and I just have to put it all together and it will be interesting to see’
      • ‘Once again Leah Byrne struck the ball, over the bar this time and five minutes later Fiona Dunne scored the equaliser.’
      • ‘I like the way the last ball was struck for four too!’
      • ‘That sounded like he was a beaten man before any ball was struck.’
      • ‘The bruising went right through to my marrow bone and every time I struck the ball I felt pain.’
      • ‘He struck the ball perfectly but it was the authority with which he stepped up to take the kick that was so remarkable.’
      • ‘If he's striking the ball well, then clearly he's going to be more confident and of course, we all know how important confidence is.’
      • ‘Both teams showed a lot of respect for each other and but for some late challenges on players as they struck the ball the game was played in a sporting manner.’
      • ‘She cut loose and struck a ferocious ball that powered into the back of the net and sent her side into a three point lead.’
      • ‘First up is how to correctly strike a golf ball with an iron.’
      • ‘An accurately struck golf ball spins around a horizontal axis that lies across the line of flight.’
      • ‘He hadn't struck a golf ball for at least three years.’
      • ‘You need to be striking the ball very well to control the distances.’
      • ‘It is this sort of preparation and attention to detail that gives Tiger an edge even before a ball is struck.’
      • ‘Stephenson had to kick the touchline conversion to claim the spoils and while he lost his footing as he struck the ball, his kick still went clean through the middle to end a superb cup tie of the highest order.’
      • ‘In the space of 15 minutes they struck the ball wide on four occasions and this cost them the game.’
      hit, drive, propel, force
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    6. 1.6 Produce (a musical note) by pressing or hitting a key.
      • ‘But wait, the orchestra has not struck the first note; the stage curtain has not gone up.’
      • ‘In an attempt to win you over, the band stand up and make their ambition clear from the second the first note is struck.’
      • ‘He would pull his finger off the string repeatedly after he had struck the note.’
  • 2with object (of a disaster, disease, or other unwelcome phenomenon) occur suddenly and have harmful or damaging effects on.

    ‘an earthquake struck the island’
    no object ‘tragedy struck when he was killed in a car crash’
    as adjective in combination ‘storm-struck areas’
    • ‘Since 1900, moderately damaging earthquakes have struck the seismic zone every few decades.’
    • ‘This is the second time in two weeks that fire struck the church.’
    • ‘After hail or storm disaster strikes your fields, replanting a grain crop may be nearly impossible due to herbicide carryover or the late planting date.’
    • ‘A major earthquake has struck Tokyo about every 75 years for the past several centuries.’
    • ‘In up to 20 per cent of cases a cause will not be found, while a handful of patients are struck by the disease due to a variety of rare triggers.’
    • ‘From your extensive music collection, what five CDs would you save in the event of some natural disaster striking your home?’
    • ‘However disaster struck Messina on 28 December 1908 when an earthquake almost totally destroyed the city.’
    • ‘On 1 June 2001, tragedy struck at the heart of the country.’
    • ‘The Wroughton-based appeal has collected and distributed hundreds of palettes of aid to disaster struck areas since the tsunami hit on December 26.’
    • ‘Severe drought and other natural disasters struck the country in 1997-98, possibly as a result of the effects of El Niño.’
    • ‘The infectious disease struck eight of her family members, taking the lives of her mother and father.’
    • ‘He said the disease had struck his farm two months previously and very soon afterwards no rabbits were spotted.’
    • ‘As the clock inched towards midnight a storm struck the island marooning everyone there.’
    • ‘After the fire that struck the theatre this past summer, things have been more difficult and the theatre was forced to move.’
    • ‘The family lost their sheep in a cull in April 2001 and by May the disease struck the dairy herd, forcing the family to think hard about the future.’
    • ‘Disaster struck the region in 2002, when unprecedented rainfall destroyed much of the harvest.’
    • ‘Unlike many of nature's deadly forces, earthquakes almost always strike without warning.’
    • ‘Farming wasn't an easy way to make a living 10 years ago, and when foot-and-mouth disease struck the countryside last year, it only got worse.’
    • ‘During that period, 57 hurricanes struck the United States, including 21 major storms.’
    • ‘Then drought and famine struck the community, bringing with it related social and nutritional problems.’
    affect, afflict, attack, hit, come upon, smite
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    1. 2.1no object Carry out an aggressive or violent action, typically without warning.
      ‘it was eight months before the murderer struck again’
      • ‘It is self-evident that if they had been hanged these murderers could not have struck again and 70 innocent people would be alive today.’
      • ‘Everyone believed the murderer would strike again.’
      • ‘We are now facing terrorists who strike secretly, without warning, killing massive numbers of people.’
      • ‘Wouldn't it be better instead to simply strike without warning?’
      • ‘The murderers always strike at night; they kill the person, and then torch the place.’
      • ‘Police have issued this e-fit of a violent burglar who has struck at least four times.’
      • ‘We defeated an enemy that was virtually global, and had struck without warning, and was really quite diabolical.’
      • ‘Police are warning residents not to confront a gang of brazen and aggressive thieves who have struck more than 50 times in Wiltshire, stealing power tools from vans.’
      • ‘Violent carjackers have struck twice in the Bradford area this week and police believe a new gang may be operating there.’
      • ‘Police believe he would have taken his assault further had he not been interrupted, and say this violent and dangerous man could strike again.’
      • ‘Now this all came just as the London Police Chief was warning that these four could easily strike again.’
      • ‘They prepare to strike without warning as they go undercover to retrieve two missing silver bands.’
      • ‘Police have issued a warning after the bogus trio struck twice in Colchester yesterday.’
      • ‘Until the murderer is apprehended, they are free to strike again.’
      • ‘And in August, 2000, two robbers carrying a sledgehammer, a baseball bat and a knife struck while a customer was inside.’
      • ‘They will strike without warning; their soldiers will not be visible; and their primary targets will include civilians.’
      • ‘Unknown aggressors strike at unknown times and places, often for unstated reasons, for apparently zero positive outcomes.’
      • ‘Her eyes widen in panic, and she strikes without warning, shoving him squarely against each shoulder and sending him sprawling backwards onto the rocks.’
      • ‘You can strike without warning and easily escape before any authority can catch you.’
      • ‘Terrorists are dependent upon their ability to strike without warning.’
      attack, make an assault, make an attack, set upon someone, fall on someone, assault someone
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    2. 2.2usually be struck down Kill or seriously incapacitate (someone)
      ‘he was struck down by a mystery virus’
      • ‘Phillip opened his mouth to answer, but what came next was a yelp as the officer that had killed Kolev was struck down by an arrow in his neck.’
      • ‘In March 2000 the future looked very bleak when she was suddenly taken seriously ill, struck down by a virus which attacked the muscles in her heart.’
      • ‘Mr Rawlinson said Lee had been struck down with serious illness and his shop had previously flooded.’
      • ‘Owen, a healthy 17-stone fitness fanatic before being struck down by the disease, spent most of last year in hospital.’
      • ‘Only four years into her reign she had been struck down by the dreaded smallpox, which had already killed so many that year.’
      • ‘Two children and a teacher at Grove Street Primary School have been struck down by the disease although all three are making a full recovery.’
      • ‘Abbot Tathal, who had become like the father she had lost, had been struck down by the same man who had killed her family.’
      • ‘It's a good point that if he had not been struck down by serious ill health, he may well have continued their rise to the very top of the league.’
      • ‘Five pupils from a primary school have been struck down with the serious viral infection Hepatitis A.’
    3. 2.3strike something into Cause or create a particular strong emotion in (someone)
      ‘drugs—a subject guaranteed to strike fear into parents' hearts’
      • ‘That name struck a chill into his bones, though he had been there countless times in the past.’
      • ‘It is the memory of this horrendous episode that has struck such fear into the inhabitants of Freetown today.’
      • ‘They don't, however, strike much fear into young Cubans, who erupted into laughter as soon as I mentioned them.’
      • ‘Well, I think this probably struck a little fear into the heart of the regime.’
      • ‘We received a press release this morning which struck such fear into our hearts we decided that we had to let you, the innocent public, know of its existence as quickly as possible, in order to avoid mass panic.’
      • ‘But it was the highest level since Tokyo began keeping track in 1953, and struck a deep chill into the hearts of many Japanese.’
      • ‘She strikes a certain fear into my heart, as if she knows something we don't.’
      • ‘When placed together, the words ‘world premiere‘and ‘opera‘can strike a chill into a music lover.’
      • ‘And, of course, there was our defensive line, the one that struck such terror into opponents that it became known as ‘the Fearsome Foursome’.’
      • ‘To this day nobody has any idea who he was but he struck a certain terror into the city and an interest.’
      • ‘Even the situation with Morgan LeFay had not struck such terror into the creature.’
      • ‘He was a pirate who struck a deep loathing into the heart of every enemy.’
      • ‘I'm always annoyed that his gold medal haul strikes such awe into people.’
      • ‘He is promising ‘changes’ the likes of which are likely striking fears into the hearts of the present team.’
      • ‘Digging up an old Mafia stereotype always struck the fear into them, thought the Don.’
    4. 2.4with object and complement Cause (someone) to be in a specified state.
      ‘he was struck dumb’
      • ‘Enter the Jaya Marthanda gates and you are struck dumb by the perfect proportions and sweep of the palace, though you may be visiting it for the 20th time.’
      • ‘She was struck dumb and he walked past her carefully to call her sister.’
      • ‘The communities were safe again, but he was struck dumb with realization.’
      • ‘This time, however, she was struck dumb and didn't do anything.’
      • ‘The guy stands up slowly and for the second time that day, I am struck dumb by the sight of an Adonis.’
      • ‘My mother was struck dumb as I had been and said nothing as the women glared at her.’
      • ‘But there are times when I am struck dumb, either because I am extremely uncomfortable or because, unusually, I have nothing to say.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister was struck dumb and probably deaf.’
      • ‘I am struck dumb by ali nazik kebabi, a most delicious puréed eggplant.’
      • ‘Jack Vettriano is not an artist whose work does anything for me, but I don't dislike it so much that it strikes me dumb.’
      • ‘Say those three words in front of me and I would be struck dumb.’
      • ‘Before I am struck dumb by incredulity, you might like to know that this test was carried out in the name of research into the theory that women sniff out ideal mates.’
      • ‘For a while everyone was struck dumb with amazement.’
      • ‘She finds it easy to talk to the strangers she meets in her restless wanderings, knowing nothing about them and caring less, but she is struck dumb in the face of her mute daughter.’
      • ‘Occasionally one of my patients is ensnared by one of these superior medical systems and I am struck dumb by the interventions done in the name of quality of care.’
      • ‘He was struck dumb by the horror before his eyes.’
      • ‘Among the lots was a bosun's whistle given to the widow of a passenger to enable her to communicate after she was struck dumb from grief at losing her husband.’
      • ‘Yet we're struck dumb or rely on trite explanations when pushed to elaborate.’
      • ‘And when I finally did figure out what he had said, I was struck dumb with shock, and I felt my face slowly infuse with heat.’
      • ‘I raised my eyes, and instead of greeting the crowd with some random remark, I was struck dumb.’
  • 3with object (of a thought or idea) come into the mind of (someone) suddenly or unexpectedly.

    ‘a disturbing thought struck Melissa’
    • ‘Suddenly, a thought struck her, and she reached up to lift the cover off the urn.’
    • ‘A thought struck me suddenly that made me cringe.’
    • ‘I was suddenly struck by the thought that I have it easy - all I have to do is go about the business of my daily life.’
    • ‘For the first time that day, a thought suddenly struck him.’
    • ‘Josh is suddenly struck with the idea that goggles would allow him to see under those lilies.’
    • ‘A thought suddenly struck me as Matt plucked a tissue from the box and blew his nose.’
    • ‘But as I probed deeper into my memories, another thought had suddenly struck me.’
    • ‘Suddenly an idea struck him, and Matt picked up the phone.’
    • ‘Jake began pondering on what he should do, when suddenly an idea struck him.’
    • ‘Suddenly, an idea struck him, and he looked away from the window.’
    • ‘I was suddenly struck by the idea that I should leave them instead.’
    • ‘Suddenly an idea struck him, and deciding it was the only course of action, he leaped high into the air.’
    • ‘Yesterday while crossing a road in front of the dorm the thought suddenly struck me.’
    • ‘He looked back down at his work before an idea suddenly struck him.’
    • ‘Yesterday when I was walking through the halls, this thought struck me hard.’
    • ‘With a bemused shake of her head, she started to leave, when suddenly an idea struck her.’
    • ‘Watching the waves crash onto the beach, I am suddenly struck by the idea to go and let them crash over my body.’
    • ‘Catherine smiled, but then her face went pale as a panicking thought suddenly struck her.’
    • ‘However, suddenly a thought struck him, and he spoke again.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a thought struck me: did she know about the party?’
    occur to, come to, dawn on one, hit
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    1. 3.1 Cause (someone) to have a particular impression.
      with clause ‘it struck him that Marjorie was unusually silent’
      ‘the idea struck her as odd’
      • ‘Apart from all the good things that those present got to hear about Ayurveda, what struck them was the location.’
      • ‘Nicole was too struck by his appearance to notice that Laura was trying to hide herself from the world.’
      • ‘When I picked up Frank from Madras airport, the first thing that struck me was his youthful appearance.’
      • ‘It is precisely this contrast which forcibly struck Bernard Shaw in his introduction to Great Expectations in 1937.’
      • ‘Immediately you're struck with a fantastic first impression.’
      • ‘So it struck me as odd when he did not appear yesterday evening as I prepared the chicken for tea.’
      • ‘As he plied me with mint tea and Belgian chocolates it struck me that, despite appearances, he was a lonely and frightened man.’
      • ‘On that day they looked anything but impressive and what struck me about their performance that day was how quickly they crumbled once Donegal took the initiative.’
      • ‘Roger Federer is the most breathtaking player to watch - especially live, when you are struck by the impression that he must have six arms.’
      • ‘The irony is that visitors are often struck by how fully integrated Cuban society appears to be.’
      • ‘One of them left no impression on me at all and the other struck me as quite amateurish.’
      • ‘I was so struck by her appearance that I ran around the block, so that I could walk past her again and get another look.’
      • ‘No doubt my surprise appearance struck him as a bit odd.’
      • ‘They all seemed genuinely happy for each other and this great spirit of camaraderie was what struck this correspondent forcibly.’
      • ‘This time, those in South London struck me as particularly impressive.’
      • ‘I would probably never look at it again with the same astonished wonder which struck me so totally when I was young and impressionable.’
      • ‘Orwell's scrupulous observations and distinctions strike me as impressive and useful in the context of the war being waged against us now.’
      • ‘Pamela struck me as an extremely impressive woman, who was carrying with her a legacy of abuse and failings in the care system.’
      • ‘She said the thing that struck her most about the gunman was ‘that he appeared extremely calm despite his actions’.’
      • ‘Mr. Gibbs also struck me as a cautious and careful man and an impressive witness.’
      seem to, appear to, look to
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    2. 3.2be struck by/with Find particularly interesting, noticeable, or impressive.
      ‘Lucy was struck by the ethereal beauty of the scene’
      • ‘I rarely go to Monks Cross shopping centre, but when my wife and I did on Sunday afternoon we were struck by three things.’
      • ‘I was struck by a number of interesting points about this spiked-debate so far.’
      • ‘But I was struck by how hesitant he sounded when discussing reform of the police service.’
      • ‘Having gone to Alaska, we were struck by how big everything was.’
      • ‘Mike was struck by how much the hotel resembled old taverns that he'd read about.’
      • ‘Watching so many tribute programmes over the last few months, I was struck by how dated they seemed.’
      • ‘They're all local lads and I was struck by just how down to earth they were.’
      • ‘Watching, we were struck by how positively Canadian his ideas seemed.’
      • ‘While stretching my arms this morning, I was struck by how far away the tips of my fingers actually are.’
      • ‘Reading it, I was struck by how few significant novels have emerged about the Famine.’
      • ‘But as I glanced through it I was struck by something strange that took a while for me to put my finger on.’
      • ‘Anyway, as we arrived at the house I was struck by how small it looked from the outside.’
      • ‘Immediately we were struck by how many gay men were in the audience.’
      • ‘When he first came to Britain he was struck by how much seemed familiar, at least on the surface.’
      • ‘After a few days of scouting venues and contemplating a Registry Office wedding, we were struck by how much we weren't looking forward to the event.’
      • ‘I met Brian just six months after he came out of captivity, and I was struck by how unsettled he seemed.’
      • ‘The guides who aided and fleeced the pioneers who moved West were struck by how clueless many of them were about the wilderness they were entering.’
      • ‘I was struck by how realistic those final moments they have together actually are.’
      • ‘I was struck by how much green there was, and how beautiful the urban environment can be on a miniature scale.’
      • ‘When he finished I think everybody was struck by how well he had spoken.’
  • 4no object (of a clock) indicate the time by sounding a chime or stroke.

    with complement ‘the church clock struck twelve’
    • ‘Convinced he is bound to be bored, he has a pleasant surprise when, one night, the grandfather clock strikes 13 and he finds himself in a beautiful and mysterious garden.’
    • ‘After the clock struck 12 we waited five more minutes just in case, but no one ever came.’
    • ‘Quick quick, I must get this in before the clock strikes midnight.’
    • ‘The hall clock struck 11: 00 pm and her sisters Lily and Daisy came to wish her goodnight.’
    • ‘When the clock struck 9.30 marking the inauguration of the fair, the crowd had swelled to over 3,000.’
    • ‘Adel and Doug entered the house just as the large grandfather clock struck twelve.’
    • ‘With the last trophy handed out, and the clock striking two am, we headed back through Chinatown to one of the after-parties.’
    • ‘Once the clock struck midnight, Jessica stood up and gave Tia a hug.’
    • ‘It will not stop them from assuming that, as the clock strikes twelve, you want them to take hold of your face and plant a smacker on your lips.’
    • ‘The reason Nathan had left was quickly revealed when the clock struck 6 and Hannah arrived home from work with Marie at her heels.’
    • ‘As the clock struck twelve the few people still outside the Embassy began to suggest that the Ambassador had departed.’
    • ‘As the ailing man had been taken to hospital, the Guildhall clock struck 11.’
    • ‘As the clock strikes twelve tonight, the deadline for conversion to the new credit card licence will have passed.’
    • ‘As clocks strike midnight across Europe, ten years of planning comes to fruition.’
    • ‘As the clock struck two the meal was in readiness and a sumptuous one it was.’
    • ‘She dares him to do it, and just then the clock strikes twelve.’
    • ‘I stayed a little while longer but when the clock struck 11 Charlie walked me home.’
    • ‘Make sure you get there early, as it becomes members only after the clock strikes twelve.’
    • ‘Nobody turned into a pumpkin but when the clock struck 12 midnight in hostelries around Kerry a whole way of life went up in smoke.’
    • ‘As the clock struck 12:00 the ban was met with catcalls; jeers and a whole lot more smoking.’
  • 5Ignite (a match) by rubbing it briskly against an abrasive surface.

    • ‘In the case of the pyromaniac, his justification is defeated by the true statement that striking the match will not cause it to ignite.’
    • ‘Simon struck a match and puffed his cigar into life.’
    • ‘I haven't struck the match yet but my fingers are tapping on the match box!’
    • ‘Then he struck a match and lighted the banknote.’
    • ‘Valerie knitted her brow as she struck match after match until finally she took a long and deep breath to calm her beating heart.’
    • ‘I got up, and while doing so struck a match to ignite the overhead oxygen.’
    • ‘He threw petrol in my car as I was sitting in it and he struck a match and threw it at the car.’
    • ‘George struck a match and bent down to look more closely.’
    • ‘Then he'd strike a match and simultaneously toss it toward the fire and fling himself back to a safe distance.’
    • ‘She took the pile of papers and neatly arranged them for the last time before she struck the match and let the edges of the paper slowly catch fire and turn to ash.’
    • ‘The Gardaí also called out the fire brigade to wash down the area, particularly the phone box, because if anyone had gone to make a call and struck a match it would have caught fire.’
    • ‘However, before one can light a candle, someone has to strike a match.’
    • ‘He struck a match to see into the roof void, dropping it on realising he could not get out.’
    • ‘There had to be oxygen present, and the surface on which the match was struck had to be of a certain kind.’
    • ‘It's all grown back now, and I didn't even have the slightest urge to strike a match.’
    • ‘Kelly then struck a match, threw it into a box of gift wrapping and kicked the box under a display counter.’
    • ‘Jaben struck a match, and lit the three wicks of a large candle.’
    • ‘I head back to the living room, undo the matchbook, strike a match and carefully light the edges of the paper in the fireplace.’
    • ‘Finally, I got it open and struck another match.’
    • ‘Each male bit the end off, struck a match, and lit his cigar.’
    ignite, light
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    1. 5.1 Produce (fire or a spark) as a result of friction.
      ‘his iron stick struck sparks from the pavement’
      • ‘Her blade clanged against Amanda's hard, striking a haze of sparks that lit the air between them.’
      • ‘She determined which end was the handle by touch, and by using Flora's flint she managed to strike a spark and light the torch.’
      • ‘Millstones, if they were not adjusted properly, could strike sparks from each other.’
      • ‘I found my husband's flint and steel and struck a spark.’
      • ‘His back thudded into a wall and he dropped quickly to the floor, the blade striking noiseless sparks against the wall where his head had just been seconds ago.’
      • ‘The bar in my hands spun wildly and the impact struck sparks from the iron.’
      • ‘The saw strikes sparks from the wire, his arms soon grow tired and he begins to sweat, but slowly the teethy edge bites through the tightly-wound steel.’
      • ‘Suddenly, a sentry shouted, but Anders and another man were already striking fire.’
    2. 5.2 Bring (an electric arc) into being.
      • ‘The mercury excites the phosphor coating on interior of the tube when the arc is struck.’
  • 6no object (of employees) refuse to work as a form of organized protest, typically in an attempt to obtain a particular concession or concessions from their employer.

    ‘workers may strike over threatened job losses’
    • ‘Employees struck for four hours at the end of last week when the company refused to budge from its 10.25 percent pay offer.’
    • ‘My own chiefest memories of his three and a half years in the top job were of power, postal worker and miners strikes, the three day week and television shutting down at 9.30 every night.’
    • ‘Labor activists in Hong Kong say that disgruntled workers are striking to protest against the privatization of their companies.’
    • ‘The government installed armed military units inside oil fields and refineries in an attempt to stop workers striking.’
    • ‘Some 35,000 employees struck to demand the reinstatement of a suspended superintendent and two senior assistants.’
    • ‘The employees are striking over details of a 3.2 percent pay deal offered by the company.’
    • ‘An estimated 60,000 people protested in Rotterdam as public transport staff, port workers and teachers struck.’
    • ‘Other workers struck and showed solidarity with the dockers.’
    • ‘At around the same time engineers struck and formed a workers' committee which spread its influence to other industrial centres.’
    • ‘At that time, workers struck for 40 days and obtained a 3 percent wage increase for each year of a three-year contract.’
    • ‘Around 450 workers struck recently over management attempts to bring in new flexible shifts.’
    • ‘Hotel workers have also struck, and other workers are protesting.’
    • ‘Also on June 30, Uruguayan teachers and health workers struck for 24 hours.’
    • ‘The industrial action saw employees strike at hospitals and rest homes across the country.’
    • ‘Public transit drivers also struck to protest against fuel increases.’
    • ‘Across the capital council workers struck again on Tuesday over pay.’
    • ‘The day before, bus drivers struck for four hours in many Italian cities.’
    • ‘The workers struck for several hours on Monday causing disruptions at the plant.’
    • ‘On September 22, Greek bank employees struck for 24 hours as part of a campaign to demand a shorter working week.’
    • ‘One million French workers struck and protested on Tuesday of last week.’
    take industrial action, go on strike, down tools, walk out, work to rule
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    1. 6.1North American with object Undertake an organized protest against (an employer).
      • ‘Following a workers' committee decision, the staff struck the bank's business division.’
      • ‘Some 800 nurses struck Queen's Medical Center three weeks ago.’
  • 7with object Cancel, remove, or cross out with or as if with a pen.

    ‘strike his name from the list’
    ‘striking words through with a pen’
    • ‘The author usually fails to mention what portions of the specification they would strike out in the name of simplification.’
    • ‘Does striking out someone's words mean the person never said them?’
    • ‘That document is seen as a bitter and frustrated outburst, with many names omitted or struck out.’
    • ‘The question was whether that should be struck out but the House of Lords did not strike it out.’
    • ‘It came after his legal team failed to have the charges struck out on the basis that the incident had already been pending for more than two years.’
    • ‘Some of the most extreme proposals of the bill were either diluted or struck out or subjected to a four-year time limit related to the course of the war.’
    delete, strike out, strike through, ink out, score out, scratch out, block out, blank out, edit out, blue-pencil, cancel, eliminate, obliterate
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    1. 7.1strike someone offBritish Officially remove someone from membership of a professional group.
      ‘he had been struck off as a disgrace to the profession’
      • ‘The doctor was struck off by the Medical Council in July for needlessly removing the wombs of 10 women.’
      • ‘A couple who ran a nursing home in North Yorkshire have been struck off the professional register for failing to provide adequate care for a vulnerable patient.’
      • ‘A Selby solicitor who refused to pay a former client £400 compensation was in shock today after being struck off.’
      • ‘The Law Society of England and Wales confirmed last night that in 1990, he was struck off for 18 months by a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.’
      • ‘She said the most perplexing aspect was how Noble could be struck off in Canada but able to go on practising in the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘If a dentist forced medicine on a patient in a surgery they would be struck off.’
      • ‘The consultant was struck off by the professional conduct committee in November 2000, over a 1996 operation in which he was accused of abandoning a patient who later bled to death.’
      • ‘They are also asking the MPs for support for legislation to stop doctors working in hospitals after they have been struck off.’
      • ‘It's five years now since he was struck off but we're still trying to clean the mess up.’
      • ‘Yesterday, the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting professional conduct committee struck her off, after ruling that her behaviour amounted to misconduct.’
      • ‘The world-renowned paediatrician was yesterday dramatically struck off the medical register.’
      • ‘A few months ago the Solicitor's Disciplinary Tribunal suspended Clare indefinitely from legal work but stopped short of striking her off completely.’
      • ‘One man, who did not wish to be named, said it was high time Dr Watkins was struck off.’
      • ‘The appointment, 12 months after he was struck off over 34 acts of serious professional misconduct, is the subject of a separate investigation.’
      • ‘The nasty midwife has been struck off for reducing a young mother to tears just hours after she gave birth.’
      • ‘A nurse from Doncaster has been struck off after an elderly patient in her care died when three times the prescribed amount of blood was pumped into her.’
      • ‘With just two weeks to go until the appeal deadline, the GP has still not decided whether to challenge a decision by the General Medical Council to strike him off for professional misconduct.’
      • ‘I hope the doctor is struck off the medical register at the very least.’
      • ‘He took on Mr Yates' clients after Mr Yates was struck off for misusing clients' money.’
      • ‘If hospital doctors caused damage on this scale they would be struck off.’
    2. 7.2strike something downNorth American Abolish a law or regulation.
      ‘the law was struck down by the Supreme Court’
      • ‘Crucially, these laws were not struck down because they were civil rights laws.’
      • ‘The Supreme Court struck this law down as a violation of the teacher's First Amendment right to teach.’
      • ‘As I predicted, however, the Supreme Court did not strike these laws down on grounds that they were special-interest rent-seeking legislation.’
      • ‘Today, of course, any such regulation would be struck down without a second thought.’
      • ‘Thus, the statute's failure to include an exception for medical necessity was fatal, and it was struck down as unconstitutional.’
      • ‘What would happen if this bill passed and it was challenged and the Supreme Court struck it down as unconstitutional?’
      • ‘It does not follow, if this legislation is struck down, that the appellant can get away with biting people.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the Virginia Supreme Court - over the dissent of some of its Justices - struck the statute down.’
      • ‘This provision was struck down by a U.S. district court last year.’
      • ‘In the mid 1990s, the Montana legislature put an informed consent law for abortion on the books, but it was struck down by the Montana Supreme Court.’
      • ‘Under the rational basis test, there is a high degree of presumption in favor of the law's validity and against striking it down.’
      • ‘Given these giant loopholes, the judge struck the law down as serving no rational purpose.’
      • ‘In 1995 Australia's Northern Territory legalized physician-assisted suicide; however, this law was struck down by the Australian Supreme Court in 1997.’
      • ‘The Labor premiers responded by expressing concern, not that the Constitution was being undermined, but that the laws might be struck down in the High Court.’
      • ‘Equal employment opportunity rules will likely come up again before the Commission, since an appellate court recently struck them down.’
      • ‘Obviously, if the legislation is struck down or the regulations have to be amended, then that gives further weight to the compensation claim because we will be able to claim that our rights were breached.’
      • ‘Justice O'Connor made clear in her concurrence, however, that the actual law's discrimination against homosexuals also provided a separate reason to strike it down.’
      • ‘The Supreme Court struck it down, making it mandatory for all candidates to declare their criminal antecedents.’
      • ‘If the law passes, some people could be ground between the wheels of the court system before the law could be struck down by the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘Two years later, the Supreme Judicial Court struck it down on points that involved self-incrimination and trial by jury.’
  • 8with object Make (a coin or medal) by stamping metal.

    • ‘In Wales, no coins were struck until after the Norman invasion.’
    • ‘It struck coins for a number of South Pacific nations.’
    • ‘To some extent the English agreed as a medal was struck to honour the victory.’
    • ‘The medals have been struck at the Royal Thai Mint, with each medal individually numbered to ensure the collectible nature of the piece.’
    • ‘It was only last year that the Government agreed to strike a medal to mark the campaign in the early 1950s.’
    • ‘To commemorate the safe return of King Chulalongkorn to Thailand a medal was struck.’
    • ‘At that time the French mint, in honor of King Chulalongkorn's visit, struck a special medal.’
    • ‘Back in 1698, the mill was used to forge copper blacks for the Royal Mint to strike farthings and halfpennies.’
    • ‘All four rulers began striking coinage in their own names as soon as they were able.’
    • ‘The Royal Thai Mint has struck a special medal.’
    • ‘He is angry that no medal had ever been struck to commemorate them.’
    • ‘This silver medal was struck to commemorate the Coronation of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V.’
    • ‘The gold medal is struck specially each year to honour those selected.’
    • ‘Since he received a commission on all the coins that were struck, he managed to do quite well for himself.’
    • ‘Fittingly, a medal was struck to commemorate the First Battle Of Little Sparta, and a monument was erected on the battlefield.’
    • ‘For if a person strikes many coins from one mold, they are all exactly alike.’
    • ‘But it took another 55 years before another Olympic coin was struck.’
    • ‘The coin was struck during the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV) who reigned from 1851 till 1868.’
    • ‘Three non-members of the European Union are granted permission to strike Euro coins.’
    • ‘Commemorative coins have been struck, but sold for much more than the metal value and often for more than face value.’
    mint, stamp, stamp out, cast, punch, die, mould, forge, make, manufacture, produce
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    1. 8.1 (in cinematography) make (another print) of a film.
      • ‘Then there's the fact that the stocks used for striking prints have improved dramatically and can improve a lot more yet.’
      • ‘This DVD has the benefit of being struck from a brand new print of the film, so of course, it's going to look terrific.’
      • ‘I do not blame film-makers for creating films for the medium it is likely to make the most money, but when you intend to strike Imax prints, please make the effort to use the medium.’
      • ‘For the purpose, Turner had a freshly minted print struck from the original negative.’
      • ‘The quality was not great, but the DVD I got was clearly struck from a print or a high res tape, probably four or five generations before it got to me.’
      • ‘The print from which the transfer was struck isn't perfect, but its flaws are minor.’
      • ‘The new transfer, derived from a print newly struck from restored original materials, is stunning-looking.’
      • ‘We cut the negative, struck prints, it was hard but the final result was worth it.’
      • ‘The transfer is anamorphic and struck from a clean print.’
      • ‘As it turned out, they had struck a brand new print, intended for use in preparation of a home video / DVD release of the little seen film.’
      • ‘After many months of red tape, the Library of Congress archivists were kind enough to release the print so a new digi-beta tape could be struck.’
      • ‘We had to contemplate striking a new print and making a new telecine which is expensive.’
      • ‘The print from which the transfer was struck is riddled with pocks and specks.’
      • ‘It will be the theatrical cut for every country - that's based on it costing too much to go back and do an uncut version for other markets, and strike new prints.’
      • ‘The print from which this was struck was in remarkably good shape as there is little in the way of wear and tear.’
      • ‘The distributors hadn't struck a new print for us.’
  • 9Reach, achieve, or agree to (something involving agreement, balance, or compromise)

    ‘the team has struck a deal with a sports marketing agency’
    ‘you have to strike a happy medium’
    • ‘It hasn't brought them closer to striking a deal with the US, you believe it's pushed them the other way?’
    • ‘The chicken and fruits, combined with honey and lemon, were sweet without being cloying, and struck the exact balance between tangy and savoury.’
    • ‘We can't seem to strike any balance anywhere and it's getting us further and further into trouble.’
    • ‘Alice is a very different person from her mother, she says, and together they strike a good balance.’
    • ‘Commonwealth leaders meeting in Australia have struck a deal, agreeing on a compromise to deal with the rapidly worsening situation.’
    • ‘They have also just struck an agreement on holding a referendum for independence after an interim period.’
    • ‘Don't compromise the readability of your copy to achieve this - hire an expert copywriter to strike the right balance if need be.’
    • ‘Most of the time, it's an uneasy truce, but they've struck a good balance this year.’
    • ‘The representatives struck the agreement in peace talks held on the outskirts of Geneva.’
    • ‘An admirable balance is struck between accessibility and scholarly detail.’
    • ‘He refused to elaborate but agreed the plant could close if a multimillion pound deal was not struck very soon.’
    • ‘Reid says hunters and trappers tried to strike a compromise by agreeing to strictly limited hunting and trapping seasons.’
    • ‘I don't know what kind of deals were struck and compromises reached behind closed doors that led to the legislation that passed.’
    • ‘Finally, a deal is struck on the basis that I will bring some fine English tea.’
    • ‘In the battle between ideologues and pragmatists, sometimes one side wins out, at other times the other, and often a compromise is struck.’
    • ‘As a way of striking the difficult balance between liberty and security, sacrificing foreign citizens' liberties is undoubtedly tempting.’
    • ‘Achieving surgical excellence requires striking the right balance between quality of care and financial performance.’
    • ‘Another crucial deal was struck at the same time.’
    • ‘The deal was struck out of another takeover scenario.’
    • ‘Alliances are being struck to broaden content and advertiser ties in many cases.’
    achieve, reach, arrive at, find, attain, effect, establish
    agree, agree on, come to an agreement on, settle on, sign, endorse, ratify, sanction
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    1. 9.1 (in financial contexts) reach (a figure) by balancing an account.
      ‘last year's loss was struck after allowing for depreciation of 67 million dollars’
      • ‘Failure so to notify the bank should be deemed to constitute a verification by the customer of the balance struck.’
    2. 9.2Canadian Form (a committee)
      ‘the government struck a committee to settle the issue’
      • ‘He said he'd strike a committee of independent directors to look into his allegedly grasping behaviour.’
      • ‘In 2000, the Senate struck a Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, formed of members of all political parties.’
      • ‘This proposal was discussed in a joint Canada-Mexico-USA caucus where a planning committee was struck to start the process to organize such an event.’
      • ‘If an investigative committee happens to be struck when the facts speak too loudly to be silenced, it's no big deal.’
      • ‘The city of Toronto is concerned enough about lost tax revenue that it has struck a cross-department committee to study the issue.’
      • ‘The committee also struck a technical review committee.’
      • ‘The committee was struck several years ago to deal with issues such as heritage designations and other projects of historical significance.’
      • ‘On Sunday, council narrowly rejected the recommendations of a committee struck to investigate the issue of refundable fees.’
      • ‘He suggested a committee be struck to continue negotiations.’
      • ‘West Vancouver council has struck a select committee to review and make recommendations for streamlining the process of development in the district.’
      • ‘The constitution and by-laws were adopted and a committee was struck to proceed with incorporation and registration.’
      • ‘The District of North Vancouver has struck a special committee to look into the allegations.’
      • ‘He suggested that a committee be struck to examine if there might not be a more equitable way to distribute the provincial berths in the future.’
      • ‘Various special committees are then struck from time to time to assess specific situations.’
      • ‘He is part of an ad hoc committee struck by city hall to develop regulations governing raves and all-night dance parties.’
      • ‘They will also chair committees struck to deal with particular legislation or concerns.’
      • ‘In addition, a small steering committee was struck.’
  • 10with object Discover (gold, minerals, or oil) by drilling or mining.

    • ‘They are a rare find indeed and employers will search high and low to source them and when they do find them, it's like striking gold.’
    • ‘Laughlin had stopped caring about money centuries ago, when he'd struck oil and became rich beyond any person's wildest dreams.’
    • ‘This time round, the company has struck black gold in Angola.’
    • ‘It is an oil exploration company that recently struck black gold in Rajasthan, India.’
    • ‘The company said it struck gold in a Bulgarian mine.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Hoxsey struck oil in Texas and used his riches to promote his burgeoning clinic and finance his court battles.’
    • ‘A Swindon firm has joined the rush to strike black gold in the Falkland Islands.’
    • ‘A year later, Edwin Drake struck oil at Titusville, Pennsylvania, in the United States.’
    • ‘There, he struck gold and built the Easter house, this very house, in 1873.’
    • ‘To my surprise and delight, I found that I had struck gold!’
    • ‘She was part of a great group that had struck gold.’
    • ‘‘It was like striking gold,’ he said of his research in the US and Scotland.’
    • ‘The odds were heavily stacked against the Scottish company coming up trumps but it persevered and struck black gold when few expected it.’
    discover, find, come upon, light on, chance on, happen on, stumble across, stumble on, unearth, uncover, turn up
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    1. 10.1 Come to or reach.
      ‘several days out of the village, we struck the Gilgit Road’
      • ‘When I struck the beach on the south shore, I was more than 5 kilometers downstream from Linz.’
    2. 10.2strike on/uponno object Discover or think of, especially unexpectedly or by chance.
      ‘pondering, she struck upon a brilliant idea’
      • ‘Then I struck on an idea that, from the warmth and safety of my London flat, seemed quite brilliant: I would ride a motorbike.’
      • ‘It seems a few lefty types thought they'd struck upon a fine idea: create a blog, then email a bunch of center/right bloggers to attempt to bring the crowds to their site.’
      • ‘Dyson now claims a 50 per cent share of the British vacuum cleaner market - little over 20 years after Mr Dyson struck upon the design.’
      • ‘I'd been thinking about what domain name to register, when I struck upon the idea of picking a lyric.’
      • ‘They struck upon the idea of taking the children on an outing.’
      • ‘About five years ago, some bright spark working for Manchester Stagecoach Buses struck upon an idea which would make the company millions in additional fare revenue.’
      • ‘Wilkins has inadvertently struck upon a deeper problem than straw men and psychobabble.’
      • ‘Rachel and Catherine, both school fundraisers, struck on the teddy idea.’
      • ‘Taking on the libidinous cool of their idols but slowing things down a good deal, these guys certainly don't seem to mind extended patches of instrumental repetition, just as long as they've struck upon something cool.’
      • ‘Melding together ultra-heavy red-meat rawness with gooey primordial growls, the founding members of the band have struck upon a winning combination.’
      • ‘It began eight years ago, to be exact, when the company had struck upon the novel idea of ‘direct marketing’.’
      • ‘Right from the day we struck upon the idea, we wanted to take the channels beyond the metros to other cities.’
      • ‘Something that works is most often a simple and elegant balance of elements struck upon by design or chance.’
      • ‘When we find an anomaly, which defies the notion of some regularity, corresponding to our sense-perception of the world around us, we have struck upon the possibility of discovering a universal physical principle, like gravity.’
      • ‘They struck upon a Caribbean pine that would grow if the roots of its seedling were dipped in a fungus that was missing from the soil.’
      • ‘A pensioner has struck on a novel way to find female companionship but his attempts to track down Miss Right keep being thwarted at every turn.’
      • ‘The directors struck upon the idea 18 months ago after realising the potential behind the fund-raising venture.’
      • ‘The times are a changing, however, and at least one shopkeeper here has struck on a way to make a few bob out of changing those fiddly coins.’
      • ‘I took a photo of it because it looked so cute and that was when we struck upon our idea.’
      • ‘Football-fan Mr Chappell struck on the idea a couple of weeks ago.’
  • 11no object, with adverbial of direction Move or proceed vigorously or purposefully.

    ‘she struck out into the lake with a practiced crawl’
    ‘he struck off down the track’
    • ‘After stopping back in Savannah to fill-up and to have hamburgers in the car at the local Sonic, we struck out across country on picturesque back roads.’
    • ‘He tells his wife that if he is killed, she should remain hidden until the men have passed and then strike out on her own for Loreto.’
    • ‘Married in April, we struck out for the Yangtze River in July.’
    • ‘With Julia now an expert map-reader, we struck out for Carmel on the coast.’
    go, make one's way, set out, head, direct one's footsteps, move towards
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    1. 11.1strike out Start out on a new or independent course or endeavor.
      ‘after two years he was able to strike out on his own’
      • ‘But his style was so marked that he had a legitimate fear of imitating himself and so struck out in other directions.’
      • ‘The cartoons are the work of Ub Iwerks, a Disney-stable animator who struck out on his own, foundered, and sank.’
      • ‘The administration, motivated more by ideology than by reasoned analysis, struck out on its own.’
      • ‘When the business was sold, he struck out on his own, opening a manufacturing plant two years ago in the South Bronx to make leather components for hats and caps.’
      • ‘To some extent, when a first lady strikes out in an independent manner, she disrupts the first three news frames of a supportive wife who has protocol functions and a good works agenda.’
      • ‘When Frank Black struck out on his own after the demise of The Pixies and picked up his band The Catholics, he left that sound behind him.’
      • ‘In late 1985, while now trying to strike out as an independent game designer but still living north of Boston, Moon decided to organize a game group, the North Shore Game Club.’
      • ‘Of course she decides to strike out on her own.’
  • 12with object Take down (a tent or the tents of an encampment)

    ‘it took ages to strike camp’
    • ‘In the morning, as we were striking a camp that consisted of little more than sun-lounger cushions, we were to find out their identities.’
    • ‘The porters struck camp and headed back down the valley towards Gangotri.’
    • ‘When autumn chills the air, they strike camp and thread their way through the Nawar passes to graze their animals in warmer climes.’
    • ‘In a day or two the camp was struck, and the soldiers moved on.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the jazz caravan struck camp and moved on.’
    • ‘That should be a good barometer of whether it's really time for us to strike camp once and for all.’
    • ‘Each soldier took his share in establishing the camp and striking the camp the next day.’
    • ‘Then a happy army of music-lovers struck camp and marched to the car park for the last battle of the night - the fight to get back home.’
    • ‘It was time to strike camp and move on to a fresh location.’
    • ‘Upon their approach, the Egyptians struck camp and retreated.’
    • ‘When the assembled group finally felt they'd spent enough time at the campsite, they began to strike camp, and stow their things on their backs again.’
    take down, pull down, bring down
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    1. 12.1 Dismantle (theatrical scenery)
      ‘the minute we finish this evening, they'll start striking the set’
    2. 12.2 Lower or take down (a flag or sail), especially as a salute or to signify surrender.
      ‘the ship struck her German colors’
      • ‘I can raise and strike a sail, reef it and stow it.’
      lower, take down, let down, bring down
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  • 13with object Insert (a cutting of a plant) in soil to take root.

    • ‘Generally these do for all our needs, whether it's sowing seed, striking cuttings or general potting up.’
    1. 13.1no object (of a plant or cutting) develop roots.
      ‘small conifers will strike from cuttings’
      • ‘He's trying to grow cuttings, but doesn't even know which part of the plant is best to strike from.’
      take root, grow roots, become established, establish, take
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    2. 13.2no object (of a young oyster) attach itself to a bed.
  • 14Fishing
    no object Secure a hook in the mouth of a fish by jerking or tightening the line after it has taken the bait or fly.

    • ‘Ten minutes into darkness I felt a gentle pluck on the line, and striking, I connected with a powerful fish.’
    • ‘I could definitely feel something at the bait, so I struck, quite hard.’
    • ‘Wait until the line tightens before striking, again be ready for fireworks if the fish is a carp.’
    • ‘Only when the rod tip pulls hard over and the fish starts to run with the bait should you strike to set the hook.’
    • ‘When a fish takes the bait, I react in the normal way, allowing just a moment or two for the pike to turn the bait before striking.’


  • 1A refusal to work organized by a body of employees as a form of protest, typically in an attempt to gain a concession or concessions from their employer.

    ‘dockers voted for an all-out strike’
    ‘local government workers went on strike’
    as modifier ‘strike action’
    • ‘The one-day strike was to protest the wave of budget cutbacks that have degraded medical care.’
    • ‘Taxi drivers and shop owners went on strike yesterday to protest what the opposition says was widespread rigging of the elections.’
    • ‘The bulk of the protests were collective: strikes, bandhs, processions, boycotts and dharnas.’
    • ‘In 2000 workers protested and went on strike against the threat of job cuts.’
    • ‘Eight months after the Conservatives were elected in Ontario, provincial employees went on strike for the first time ever.’
    • ‘In Lahore again 4,000 railway employees also went on strike.’
    • ‘Under the agreement, protests and strikes by public employees would be outlawed.’
    • ‘In 1956 Polish workers went on strike to protest against food shortages and other restrictions.’
    • ‘Over the last year, hospital workers from all sectors have been engaged in strikes and protests over pay and conditions.’
    • ‘An employer has to pay his employees wages during a strike and cannot lock them out.’
    • ‘However, student protests and strikes by government employees show that people are still unhappy with Benin's weak economy.’
    • ‘And we have to look at going beyond one-day strikes which the employers can hope to ride out.’
    • ‘On 3rd January this year, union members went on strike when negotiations over pay and conditions broke down.’
    • ‘Thousands of learner drivers across the country were left disappointed yesterday as examiners went on strike over pay.’
    • ‘In 1973, when unions went on strike to protest falling real wages, the government outlawed strikes and imposed fines and prison sentences.’
    • ‘His beat ranged as far as Broken Hill, where he was the union's man on the spot when railway workers went on strike for the first time since the great strike of 1917.’
    • ‘Doctors went on strike, and people protested in the streets in numbers not seen since the war.’
    • ‘It is a slap in the face for those employees who went on strike for better pay.’
    • ‘This is now the longest strike at this plant in more than a decade.’
    • ‘Trains, planes, schools, even opera houses faced disruption yesterday as millions of Italians went on strike to protest reforms of the pensions system.’
    industrial action, walkout
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    1. 1.1with modifier A refusal to do something expected or required, typically by a body of people, with a similar aim.
      ‘a rent strike’
      • ‘He even resisted a municipal garbage strike, by renting a truck and picking up the garbage himself.’
      • ‘Pakistani university professors and lecturers held a national hunger strike on April 5 against education privatisation plans.’
      • ‘On June 10, they held a one-day hunger strike.’
      • ‘A 24-hour post strike is expected in London, called by the Communication Workers Union after pay talks with Royal Mail stalled.’
      • ‘When 6000 women call a 2 month sex strike things get done.’
      • ‘She's adamant that she'll begin an indefinite hunger strike once she reaches jail.’
  • 2A sudden attack, typically a military one.

    ‘the threat of nuclear strikes’
    • ‘The reader is led to believe that Stalin oriented his military commanders toward a preemptive strike by the Red Army.’
    • ‘Combat helicopters should act from ambushes by delivering strikes at tanks and other armored objects.’
    • ‘If they don't stop this process, should the U.S. consider a military preemptive strike?’
    • ‘Now, he has added the threat of preemptive military strikes.’
    • ‘In the 1956 war in the Sinai, Israel proved that a preemptive strike could delay an enemy's preparation for war for years.’
    • ‘However, none of the above is sufficient justification for a preemptive military strike.’
    • ‘With the door open to so many options, hawks and hard-liners of many stripes have been arguing for a wide range of punitive military strikes.’
    • ‘While they do want an attack, a military strike, they're saying don't rush into it.’
    • ‘Give us your perspective, what it would mean for the U.S. to launch military strikes against any of those countries?’
    • ‘This will be vital to the decision on whether to launch a military strike.’
    • ‘The extent of protection from a nuclear strike at their silos was considerably improved.’
    • ‘Washington has declined to rule out military strikes.’
    • ‘Are we to understand that they, also, are entitled to launch massive military strikes against their attackers?’
    • ‘The doctrine invites abuse because it offers no criteria by which to judge a threat justifying a preemptive strike.’
    • ‘Strictly speaking, it is wrong to call this attack a preemptive strike.’
    • ‘And of course, his record on preemptive military strikes is not exactly stellar either.’
    • ‘No other country in the world has given such unqualified support to America's new policy of pre-emptive military strikes.’
    • ‘He appealed to Britain and the US to abandon threats of a military strike.’
    • ‘Rather than talk about military strikes, the United States should put its full weight behind this process.’
    • ‘For these types of organizations and situations, military strikes and police actions are useful.’
    attack, air strike, air attack, assault, bombing, blitz
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    1. 2.1 (in bowling) an act of knocking down all the pins with one's first ball.
      • ‘Throwing strikes is great because you knock down all 10 pins and don't have to shoot a spare.’
      • ‘I couldn't believe it because I thought it was a strike when he let it go.’
      • ‘He didn't, throwing four consecutive strikes to take the early lead.’
      • ‘It would have been nice to get my first win, but I just wasn't getting the strikes.’
      • ‘With nine strikes to open the game, Wiseman stepped up in the 10th having already won the trophy.’
      • ‘Entry fees go into a weekly center jackpot, and a bowler who rolls the required strikes wins the in-center pot.’
      • ‘His role as a judge, as he said, is to call the balls and strikes as he sees them.’
      • ‘Carol had to get two strikes and a good count on her fill ball in the 10th frame to win the tournament.’
      • ‘Because I have a heavy ball roll, I can often roll a strike with a light hit.’
      • ‘Healey began the game with three consecutive strikes before leaving the 10-pin standing in the 4th frame.’
      • ‘I struck on my first ball to clinch the title and then added two more strikes.’
      • ‘It's a weird feeling to throw nine strikes and know you still need a mark in the 10th frame in order to win.’
      • ‘Couch finished with four strikes and a spare to lock up the win.’
      • ‘If you see strikes being thrown all over the place, that likely means the lanes are a bit more forgiving.’
      • ‘No one throws a strike every ball, which is why filling frames is very important.’
      • ‘I needed three strikes to win, and I threw three good balls and got strikes.’
      • ‘Duke alternated strikes and spares over the first five frames before striking in the 6th for a double.’
      • ‘But instead of going in the gutter, the ball hooked into the pocket for a strike.’
      • ‘In a three-game match, I always have fewer than 10 strikes, catch a few splits, and the night is lost.’
      • ‘More than two dozen bowlers have started a game with 11 strikes, but for various reasons, tossed a channel ball or fouled to finish with 290.’
    2. 2.2Fishing An act or instance of jerking or tightening the line to secure a fish that has already taken the bait or fly.
      • ‘I am convinced a quiet approach, adrift on the breeze or under electric trolling power, encourages fish to continue feeding and results in more strikes.’
      • ‘When I get a bite the strike pulls the fish up and out, away from any potential snags and into open water.’
      • ‘This is their fifth day and we have yet to hook a fish, despite two half-hearted strikes.’
      • ‘I recorded numbers of strikes and captured fish.’
      • ‘One of the problems I see the newcomer to saltwater fly fishing do when they feel a fish is give a hefty strike upwards as they would in trout fishing.’
  • 3A discovery of gold, minerals, or oil by drilling or mining.

    ‘the Lena goldfields strike of 1912’
    • ‘She moved to San Francisco, then followed the silver rush to Nevada and the gold strike of the Cassiar area of Alaska.’
    • ‘The data is used to test a range of hypotheses about the correlates of mining strikes.’
    • ‘Tracey and Pete went out looking for any signs of a gold strike or something, anything of value in the land.’
    • ‘At Nashville we all felt we were in the gold fields and no one seemed to have made a strike.’
    • ‘The museum is located in Mariposa, which had some of the Gold Country's richest strikes.’
    find, discovery, unearthing, uncovering
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  • 4Baseball
    A pitch that is counted against the batter, in particular one that the batter swings at and misses, or that passes through the strike zone without the batter swinging, or that the batter hits foul (unless two strikes have already been called). A batter accumulating three strikes is out.

    • ‘Piazza was down one strike and no balls when he slammed Rivera's second pitch deep to center field.’
    • ‘The batter is automatically out for a hunt foul on a third strike.’
    • ‘With two outs and first base occupied, the catcher needs to tag the batter on a dropped third strike or throw to first.’
    • ‘Down to his final strike, he swung late at a fast ball and lofted a pop-up down the third base line.’
    • ‘By the time the batter swung, strike three was already in the catcher's mitt.’
    1. 4.1 A pitch that passes through the strike zone and is not hit.
      • ‘I went to the bullpen to warm up and couldn't throw strikes and didn't have any stuff.’
      • ‘He's throwing strikes and mixing his pitches well.’
      • ‘With every strike, every swing and every pitch, it seemed to grow quieter and you could almost hear the people crossing their fingers.’
      • ‘In relief, he takes less time between pitches and throws more strikes.’
      • ‘I pitched quickly, threw strikes, and the defense was sharper.’
    2. 4.2North American Something to one's discredit.
      ‘when they returned from Vietnam they had two strikes against them’
      • ‘With the way they judge and referee fights in that state the talented Thai has two strikes against him from the get go.’
      • ‘America already had two strikes against it in public opinion in the region.’
      • ‘The champ has always had two strikes against him, one for being British and one for being a good guy.’
      • ‘So does that make two strikes against efficiency?’
      • ‘He felt that since he had two strikes against him (those are his words, not mine), he should be pampered and treated like royalty.’
      • ‘That makes for two strikes against basic human nature.’
      • ‘I had two strikes against me immediately.’
      • ‘Will's got two strikes against him since he's a musician and he's older than me.’
      • ‘There is some absolutely superb Christian psychiatry in it, but it's also channeled material that has two strikes against it right away.’
      • ‘A lot of people think a governor on the ticket is helpful, but that he had two strikes against him.’
      • ‘Because she was a woman as well as a Canaanite, this desperate mother had two strikes against her.’
      • ‘So it's two strikes against us with regards to this photo, and we don't have any greater understanding of the world around us.’
      • ‘Your mate has two strikes against him: he was on the Audit Committee as well as the Risk Management Committee that you chaired.’
      • ‘Even before it made it to the table, it had two strikes against it.’
      • ‘It's like, I already have one strike against me, being unable to compete with his wonderful ex.’
      • ‘Smith, who has two strikes against him in the league's substance-abuse program, was suspended for four games last season.’
      • ‘He has two strikes against him in the past two weeks.’
      • ‘It seems, when you're born with two strikes against you, working the count can't compete with seeing it and hitting it.’
      • ‘He missed four games last season for violating the league's drug policy, and had two strikes against him before the latest violation.’
      • ‘Using the net as a persuasion medium has two strikes against it.’
  • 5The horizontal or compass direction of a stratum, fault, or other geological feature.

    • ‘Incremental changes in the strike of some of the folds occur across these right-lateral faults, with more east-west orientations to the east.’
    • ‘The quartzitic horizons change along strike into carbonaceous shale and sericite-chlorite schist.’
    • ‘Today these metamorphic fabrics have markedly different strikes and lie on different limbs of the New Zealand orocline.’
    • ‘While the north-south strike may be related to extension in the North Sea, it is not obvious why the beds in the south Midlands dip towards the SE.’
    • ‘It has a similar strike but steeper dip and extends to anticipated Precambrian basement depths.’
  • 6

    short for fly strike


  • strike a blow for (or at/against)

    • Do something to help (or hinder) a cause, belief, or principle.

      ‘victory in this dispute would strike a blow for all those on low pay’
      • ‘The consequence is that to strike a blow at the Bible's inspiration, veracity, or canonicity is directly to aim at whatever there is of Christianity in the country.’
      • ‘The right choice will help strike a blow at the Nazi cause, to erect the most meaningful monument to our martyred millions.’
      • ‘They will try any means possible to strike a blow at our way of life.’
      • ‘The donation not only helped financially but it struck a blow at the poisonous communalism being stirred up by the government.’
      • ‘A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.’
      • ‘Their intelligence work struck a blow at USA designs and provided much of the evidence at the trial.’
      • ‘The ruling strikes a blow at fair usage.’
      • ‘His departure strikes a blow at the heart of New Labour.’
      • ‘Attacking the high-profile hotel would attract worldwide attention by striking a blow at British capitalism.’
      • ‘Such legislation, they averred, ‘would strike a blow at the self-reliance of the individual’.’
  • strike gold

    • 1Discover gold during the course of drilling or mining.

      ‘as miners explored further, they struck gold in other nearby areas’
      • ‘Stories abound about the first people to strike gold.’
      • ‘The company said it struck gold in a Bulgarian mine.’
      • ‘Some were 'shepherds' who did token work on their claim until a neighbour struck gold.’
    • 2Be very successful in an undertaking or enterprise.

      ‘he struck gold with his first picture, which was nominated for two Oscars’
      • ‘Companies are being offered the chance to "strike gold" in the £500 billion public sector market.’
      • ‘However, his speech will strike gold with many voters: council tax is toxically unpopular.’
      • ‘The series, which follows the adventures of a single mother turned private investigator, also helped him first strike gold in publishing.’
      • ‘There's nothing like being in on the ground level of a project that you know is going to strike gold some day.’
      • ‘I hear all the time from readers who think they've struck gold with a cheap PC only to realize later that they're stuck with fool's gold.’
      • ‘Well into week two we strike gold - gold in the form of small pieces of blackened, homemade pots.’
      • ‘It is one place where job seekers could strike gold.’
      • ‘Open tryouts are common in American professional sports, and occasionally strike gold.’
      • ‘A group of 40 Wiltshire pensioners is hoping to strike gold at the next giant car boot sale on April 25 at the Castle Combe circuit.’
      • ‘And many animation firms realise that they have struck gold.’
  • strike hands

    • archaic (of two people) clasp hands to seal a deal or agreement.

      • ‘So they struck hands on it, and each agreed to bring ten men of like sentiments with himself to the place of meeting.’
      • ‘The pilgrims adore the sun rising while striking hands and while greeting them piously.’
      • ‘The betrothed and their parents struck hands ratifying their consent to marriage.’
      • ‘Then Roderigo, who has left the room, suddenly and unexpectedly rushes back in to strike hands with Iago, startling the latter who was to embark on his monologue.’
      • ‘He who puts up security for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.’
  • strike it rich

    • informal Acquire a great deal of money, typically in a sudden or unexpected way.

      • ‘Oh, and if you should strike it rich, don't forget who brokered the deal.’
      • ‘Like the prospector who spends years searching for gold with little or no success, the horse owner knows all the effort and money invested will be worthwhile if he can strike it rich with one horse.’
      • ‘It might not be good for players who grab the short money available immediately and miss the opportunity to truly strike it rich.’
      • ‘A few years after his birth, his father - a daring and hard-nosed entrepreneur - struck it rich when he invented a device for drilling oil.’
      • ‘Eventually they struck it rich, buying land and building houses in Toronto's expanding suburbs.’
      • ‘Finally, there's Dylan and Charlotte, who've just struck it rich on the stock market.’
      • ‘An Internet entrepreneur who struck it rich then lost it all has some advice on how to deal with the rise and fall of fortune.’
      • ‘Download the free casino software now and be one step closer to striking it rich!’
      • ‘I've had relatives who, having struck it rich, acquired racehorses.’
      • ‘They work together, drink together and all dream of somehow striking it rich.’
      make a large profit, make a fortune, make one's fortune, gain, profit, make money, be successful, be lucky
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  • strike while the iron is hot

    • Make use of an opportunity immediately.

      • ‘The important point to remember is to strike while the iron is hot - that is, take advantage of the opportunity before it is too late.’
      • ‘It's also important to strike while the iron is hot because it doesn't take long for the price tags to start dipping as the days turn into weeks in free agency.’
      • ‘It is in the nature of industrial action that it can be promoted effectively only so long as it is possible to strike while the iron is hot; once postponed it is unlikely to be revived.’
      • ‘We need to strike while the iron is hot, and show them how angry and betrayed we feel.’
      • ‘I think it's important to strike while the iron is hot.’
      • ‘Once the procurement is decided, we had better strike while the iron is hot.’
      • ‘We'd like to strike while the iron is hot and do something on a long-term basis if at all possible.’
      • ‘I will have to organise this within the first three or four days of the holidays mind you - it is important that I strike while the iron is hot.’
      • ‘It seems to be an attempt to strike while the iron is hot, to capitalize on the current popular interest in war.’
      • ‘The time has to be right for us to take someone on and we have to strike while the iron is hot.’
  • strike me pink

    • dated, informal Used to express astonishment or indignation.

      • ‘Strike me lucky if the entire population doesn't already know that there's a treasure there.’
      • ‘Strike me pink if I know what to make of it!’
      • ‘"Strike me lucky, ain't he a sight!"’
      • ‘Strike me lucky, that's business hypocrisy at its worst!’
      • ‘Strike me lucky, I am beginning to sound like a whinger.’
      • ‘Strike me pink if I have ever seen anything more grotesque!’
      • ‘Strike me lucky, I wouldn't say that if I had a wife.’
      • ‘"Why, strike me pink, if it ain't young Drummond," Hugh said with a grin.’
      • ‘I was just walking through to the phone when, strike me pink, there were all these boats bumping against the foreshore.’
      • ‘Every day I try to beat everyone else but, strike me pink, the number of times I was slowed down by some commuter bike getting in my way!’
  • strike a pose (or attitude)

    • Hold one's body in a particular position to create an impression.

      ‘striking a dramatic pose, Antonia announced that she was leaving’
      • ‘She placed the aged hat on her head and struck a pose.’
      • ‘As I it drove past her, I took my hands off the wheel and struck a pose.’
      • ‘I struck a pose as she picked up the camera and blinded me with the flash.’
      • ‘I grabbed the dress and pressed it against my body, striking a pose.’
      • ‘This is just one of the images I took of her posing for the camera yesterday, and goes into a collection of literally hundreds of similar images with her striking a pose for a camera.’
      • ‘She wailed something in a language I couldn't recognise and struck a pose.’
      • ‘Jen tipped the hat and struck a pose and they laughed to themselves.’
      • ‘Rising to her feet she struck a pose; playfully modeling for him.’
      • ‘You cannot tell the wild animal to strike a pose for you in front of a camera.’
      • ‘She struck a pose, admiring herself from several different angles.’
      assume, adopt, take on, take up, affect, feign, put on
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Phrasal Verbs

  • strike back

    • 1Retaliate.

      ‘he struck back at critics who claim he is too negative’
      • ‘Short of a libel claim, the artist has little remedy - except that he or she can try to strike back with a reply to a review or by blasting the reviewer in the press.’
      • ‘Should you strike back against hackers if the police can't do anything?’
      • ‘Birr were not willing to give up without a fight and struck back with a second try, which left their days efforts to ten points.’
      • ‘German propaganda emphasized grim perseverance, promising that wonder weapons would soon allow Germany to strike back at the Allies and exact a bloody revenge.’
      • ‘I have tried hard to restrain the simple response to pain - to strike back at that which hurts you - but that restraint is becoming more and more worn.’
      • ‘If and when one does choose to strike back, there is always the chance of a violent response from the victims.’
      • ‘Now his enemies have struck back at him in a lawless and cowardly fashion.’
      • ‘They struck back at New York's finest, and the movement to attain full civil rights was born.’
      • ‘A child whose behavior is punished may react emotionally, strike back or avoid the person delivering the punishment.’
      • ‘Giles flinched, but fought the urge to strike back, concentrating instead on the blindfold.’
      fight back, retaliate, hit back, respond, react, reply, reciprocate, counterattack, return fire, return the compliment, put up a fight, take the bait, rise to the bait, return like for like, get back at someone, get, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, let someone see how it feels, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine
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    • 2(of a gas burner) burn from an internal point before the gas has become mixed with air.

  • strike in

    • Intervene in a conversation or discussion.

  • strike someone out (or strike out)

    • 1Put a batter out (or be put out) from play as a batter by means of three strikes.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had the edge on me, and he finally struck me out on a high fastball.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1North American informal Fail or be unsuccessful.
        ‘the company struck out the first time it tried to manufacture personal computers’
        • ‘Instead, he struck out (in my mind) with a pathetic ten-second response to a two-minute question.’
        • ‘Or was that you with the receding hairline and the tremendous waistline, striking out left and right with the ladies?’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘They didn't go back there because they struck out.’
  • strike up (or strike something up)

    • 1(of a band or orchestra) begin to play a piece of music.

      ‘they struck up the “Star-Spangled Banner.”’
      • ‘It began when a band struck up the opening hymn and a huge screen unfurled with a little bouncy ball popping across the words so everyone could sing along.’
      • ‘In the hall the girls lined up on one side and the men on the other, but as soon as the band struck up, it was a race over to the girls to choose a partner.’
      • ‘A pipe band struck up on the field to celebrate the first game of this league and there were a huge number of supporters present to cheer on their sides.’
      • ‘There was an awkward silence and then the band began to strike up.’
      • ‘Outside the Canongate Kirk, a Celtic band had struck up, and at 10 in the morning, a spontaneous country dance was taking place on the pavement.’
      • ‘The band struck up a favourite tune of mine from the latter album.’
      • ‘Almost every church in the area was represented, and there were half a dozen bands striking up a tune for the event.’
      • ‘The band struck up a catchy, fast-paced jazz beat, and Victoria began to sing.’
      • ‘Just when the stars were beginning to appear, the band struck up a slow, romantic tune.’
      • ‘After an impromptu jazz band struck up in the canteen marquee at about 9pm it was three hours of dancing on the tables, in the aisles and on the bar.’
      begin to play, start to play, begin playing, commence playing, start playing, embark on
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      1. 1.1Begin a friendship or conversation with someone in a casual way.
        ‘he struck up a conversation with her in the lobby’
        • ‘While waiting at a gas station Simon and Mack strike up a friendship.’
        • ‘We struck up an instant rapport and I speak to him regularly.’
        • ‘Strike up a conversation with the person next to you at a local gathering.’
        • ‘You could always strike up a conversation with someone on the mall bench next to you.’
        • ‘They were boisterous but friendly, delighting in striking up friendships with the locals.’
        • ‘Then the strangest thing happens - Will and Marcus strike up an unusual friendship.’
        • ‘Basically it's cool to strike up a rapport with anyone English speaking.’
        • ‘They struck up a rapport, and the two now frequently share a meal together.’
        • ‘Strike up a conversation if necessary and look very interested in their ideas.’
        • ‘We might strike up a friendship, become pen pals, visit each other.’
        begin, start, embark on, set going, initiate, instigate, establish
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Old English strīcan ‘go, flow’ and ‘rub lightly’, of West Germanic origin; related to German streichen ‘to stroke’, also to stroke. The sense ‘deliver a blow’ dates from Middle English.