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Synonyms of strike in English:


  • 1 the teacher actually struck and hurt Mary
    hit, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, crack, swat, knock, rap;
    cane, lash, whip, club, cudgel
    Australian/New Zealand informal quilt
    informal clout, wallop, belt, whack, bash, clobber, bop, biff, sock, deck, slug, plug, knock about/around, knock into the middle of next week, lay into, do over, rough up
    literary smite
  • 2 at seven sharp he struck the gong
    bang, beat, hit, pound
    informal bash, wallop
  • 3 the stolen car struck a tree
    crash into, collide with, be in collision with, hit, run into, knock into, bang into, bump into, smash into, slam into, crack into/against, dash against;
    North American  impact
  • 4 Jennifer struck the ball into the back of the net
    hit, drive, propel, force
    informal clout, wallop, slam, swipe, welly
    British informal welly
  • 5 he struck a match and lit the oil lamp
    ignite, light
    [Antonyms] extinguish
  • 6 she was counting the day's takings when the killer struck
    attack, make an attack/assault, set upon someone, fall on someone, assault someone
  • 7 the disease is striking 3,000 people a year
    affect, afflict, attack, hit, come upon, smite
  • 8 democratic societies must strike a balance between order and freedom
    achieve, reach, arrive at, find, attain, effect, establish
  • 9 we have struck a satisfactory bargain
    agree, agree on, come to an agreement on, settle on, sign, endorse, ratify, sanction
    informal clinch
  • 10 the picture showed him striking a heroic pose
    assume, adopt, take on, take up, affect, feign, put on
    North American informal cop
  • 11 the engineers had struck oil
  • 12 a thought suddenly struck her
    occur to, come to, dawn on one, hit;
    come to mind, spring to mind, enter one's head, present itself, come into one's consciousness
  • 13 you strike me as an intelligent young woman
    seem to, appear to, look to;
    give someone the impression of being;
    impress, affect, have an impact on
  • 14 our drivers are striking and demanding guarantees of their safety
    take industrial action, go on strike, down tools, walk out, work to rule;
    mutiny, rebel, revolt
  • 15 they are about to strike the big tent
    [Antonyms] pitch
  • 16 Lord Bridport struck his flag
    [Antonyms] hoist
  • 17 he ordered the driver to strike south towards the Thames
    go, make one's way, set out, head, direct one's footsteps, move towards
  • Phrases

    strike back
    the mayor struck back, threatening to sue
    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/taste of their own medicine;
    have/get/take one's revenge, take/exact/wreak revenge, be revenged, revenge oneself, avenge oneself, take reprisals, get even, even the score, settle a/the score, settle accounts, pay someone back (in their own coin), pay someone out, repay someone, exact retribution, take an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth)
    informal give someone their comeuppance
    British informal get one's own back
    rare give someone a Roland for an Oliver
    strike something out
    delete, cross out, erase, rub out, obliterate
    strike something up
  • 1 the accompanist struck up ‘Land of Hope and Glory’
    begin to play, start to play, begin/start/commence playing, embark on
  • 2 we struck up a friendship
    begin, start, embark on, set going, initiate, instigate, establish
    formal commence
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  • 1 staff held a 48-hour strike
  • 2 an imminent military strike
    attack, air strike, air attack, assault, bombing, blitz
  • 3 a lucky strike in 1848 gave rise to the term ‘gold rush’
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