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strike British & World English

Hit forcibly and deliberately with one’s hand or a weapon or other implement

strike English Thesaurus

the teacher actually struck and hurt Mary

hit home British & World English

(Of a blow or a missile) reach an intended target

strike in British & World English

Intervene in a conversation or discussion

strike up British & World English

(Of a band or orchestra) begin to play a piece of music

air strike British & World English

An attack made by aircraft

bird strike British & World English

A collision between a bird and an aircraft

fly strike British & World English

Infestation of an animal with blowfly maggots

strike gold British & World English

Discover gold during the course of drilling or mining

strike pay British & World English

Money paid to strikers by their trade union

strike rate British & World English

The success rate of a sports team, typically in scoring goals or runs

strike zone British & World English

An imaginary area over home plate extending from the armpits to the knees of a batter in the batting position

first strike British & World English

An attack with nuclear weapons designed to destroy the enemy’s nuclear weapons before use

hunger strike British & World English

A prolonged refusal to eat, carried out as a protest by a prisoner

second strike British & World English

A retaliatory attack conducted with weapons designed to withstand an initial nuclear attack (a ‘first strike’)

stay-in strike British & World English

A sit-down strike

strike hands British & World English

(Of two people) clasp hands to seal a deal or agreement

strike lucky British & World English

Have good luck in a particular matter

strike force British & World English

A military force equipped and organized for sudden attack

strike price British & World English

The price fixed by the seller of a security after receiving bids in a tender offer, typically for a sale of gilt-edged securities or a new stock market issue

general strike British & World English

A strike of workers in all or most industries

rolling strike British & World English

A strike consisting of a coordinated series of consecutive limited strikes by small groups of workers

strike-breaker British & World English

A person who works or is employed in place of others who are on strike, thereby making the strike ineffectual

strike a chord British & World English

Cause someone to feel sympathy, emotion, or enthusiasm

lightning strike British & World English

A strike by workers after little or no warning, especially without official union backing

strike it rich British & World English

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

strike a light British & World English

Used as an expression of surprise, dismay, or alarm

strike me pink British & World English

Used to express astonishment or indignation

strike a balance British & World English

Choose a moderate course

decapitation strike British & World English

A debilitating military attack, especially one aimed at the enemy’s leadership

strike a note of British & World English

Express (a particular feeling or view) about something

strike an attitude British & World English

Hold one’s body in a particular position to create an impression

strike someone out British & World English

Dismiss someone (or be dismissed) by means of three strikes

strike-slip fault British & World English

A fault in which rock strata are displaced mainly in a horizontal direction, parallel to the line of the fault

strike on/upon in strike British & World English

Discover or think of, especially unexpectedly or by chance

strike out in strike British & World English

Start out on a new or independent course or endeavour

strike something up in strike up British & World English

Begin a friendship or conversation with someone, typically in a casual way

strike a blow for British & World English

Act in support of (or opposition to)

strike a false note British & World English

Appear insincere or inappropriate

strike the right note British & World English

Say or do something in a way that that is very suitable (or unsuitable) for a particular audience or occasion

strike the right chord British & World English

Skilfully appeal to or arouse a particular emotion in others

strike a discordant note British & World English

Appear strange and out of place

strike at the root of British & World English

Affect in a vital area with potentially destructive results


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