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1‘the rebel Duke had suffered five strokes of the axe’
blow, hit, thump, thwack, punch, slap, smack, welt, cuff, box, knock, rap, buffet
informal wallop, clobber, clout, whack, bash, belt, sock, bop, biff, swipe, slug
2‘Anwar was playing cricket strokes’
shot, hit, strike
3‘Mick swam a couple of strokes’
movement, action, motion, move
4‘it was a stroke of genius by the Prime Minister’
feat, accomplishment, achievement, attainment, coup, master stroke, stratagem
5‘the flat pencil can be used for broad strokes’
mark, line, slash, solidus, virgule
6‘the budget was full of bold strokes’
detail, touch, bit, point, item
7‘I counted the strokes of the church clock’
peal, ring, knell, striking, ding-dong, boom
8‘he had recently suffered a small stroke’
thrombosis, embolism, cerebral vascular accident, CVA, cerebral haemorrhage, ictus, seizure
1‘she reached out and stroked the cat’
caress, fondle, pat, pet, touch, brush, rub, massage, knead, soothe
manipulate, finger, handle, feel, maul, tickle
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