Definition of strike someone out or strike out in English:

strike someone out (or strike out)

1 Baseball Dismiss someone (or be dismissed) by means of three strikes: Schmidt strikes out batter Garcia Ferguson was struck out for the second time
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1 (strike out) North American informal Fail or be unsuccessful: the company struck out the first time it tried to manufacture personal computers
More example sentences
  • They didn't go back there because they struck out.
  • I've struck out in movies and theater, and I don't want to go back to night clubs.
  • Instead, he struck out (in my mind) with a pathetic ten-second response to a two-minute question.
See parent entry: strike

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day antebellum
Pronunciation: ˌantɪˈbɛləm
adjective
occurring or existing before a particular war…