One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 donation not only helped financially but it struck a blow at the poisonous communalism being stirred up by the government.’
- ‘They will try any means possible to strike a blow at our way of life.’
- ‘A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Their intelligence work struck a blow at USA designs and provided much of the evidence at the trial.’
- ‘The right choice will help strike a blow at the Nazi cause, to erect the most meaningful monument to our martyred millions.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘The ruling strikes a blow at fair usage.’
- ‘His departure strikes a blow at the heart of New Labour.’
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