Definition of strike in English:
verb (past and past participle struck /strʌk/)
- The veteran came leaping in, lashing out with his gigantic weapon, striking nothing.
- With his two weapons he struck the unguarded shoulder of the creature.
- But the bottom line is, that karate, allows you to use your hands and feet as weapons, and to strike much more quickly than you can with a sword.
- Tonight, apparently, she has struck the death blow!
- Maybe you miss once or twice, then you strike the death blow.
- With that stone the brute had tried to strike the death blow.
- A Texas pathologist who received the original findings later suggested the woman died accidentally when she fell down the stair backwards and struck her head.
- He fell backwards and struck his head on the pavement.
- Witnesses told police they believed she was trying to slow the horse from an uncontrolled gallop when she fell, striking her head.
- It could get struck by lightning or smashed up in your car.
- The jet sped off the end of the runway, crossed a busy highway, and struck several cars before crashing into a warehouse.
- Swerving to avoid an oncoming car, his vehicle struck the kerb, crashed backwards through the stone balustrade and plunged into the river.
- They're differences in the amount of light striking a surface, just as they are differences in the light reflected from the surface to the eye.
- If the light striking a blue surface is predominantly blue, the blue object will appear almost white in a black and white photograph.
- We have sought for such things and we believe that we have found them in the shaft of light striking the shimmering surface of solid rock.
- Stephenson had to kick the touchline conversion to claim the spoils and while he lost his footing as he struck the ball, his kick still went clean through the middle to end a superb cup tie of the highest order.
- Both teams showed a lot of respect for each other and but for some late challenges on players as they struck the ball the game was played in a sporting manner.
- To tell the truth, I have never struck a golf ball so well.
- He would pull his finger off the string repeatedly after he had struck the note.
- But wait, the orchestra has not struck the first note; the stage curtain has not gone up.
- In an attempt to win you over, the band stand up and make their ambition clear from the second the first note is struck.
- Since 1900, moderately damaging earthquakes have struck the seismic zone every few decades.
- The infectious disease struck eight of her family members, taking the lives of her mother and father.
- From your extensive music collection, what five CDs would you save in the event of some natural disaster striking your home?
- We defeated an enemy that was virtually global, and had struck without warning, and was really quite diabolical.
- Police have issued this e-fit of a violent burglar who has struck at least four times.
- Wouldn't it be better instead to simply strike without warning?
- Phillip opened his mouth to answer, but what came next was a yelp as the officer that had killed Kolev was struck down by an arrow in his neck.
- It's a good point that if he had not been struck down by serious ill health, he may well have continued their rise to the very top of the league.
- Abbot Tathal, who had become like the father she had lost, had been struck down by the same man who had killed her family.
- We received a press release this morning which struck such fear into our hearts we decided that we had to let you, the innocent public, know of its existence as quickly as possible, in order to avoid mass panic.
- But it was the highest level since Tokyo began keeping track in 1953, and struck a deep chill into the hearts of many Japanese.
- Well, I think this probably struck a little fear into the heart of the regime.
- She finds it easy to talk to the strangers she meets in her restless wanderings, knowing nothing about them and caring less, but she is struck dumb in the face of her mute daughter.
- Before I am struck dumb by incredulity, you might like to know that this test was carried out in the name of research into the theory that women sniff out ideal mates.
- Enter the Jaya Marthanda gates and you are struck dumb by the perfect proportions and sweep of the palace, though you may be visiting it for the 20th time.
- I was suddenly struck by the idea that I should leave them instead.
- Watching the waves crash onto the beach, I am suddenly struck by the idea to go and let them crash over my body.
- Josh is suddenly struck with the idea that goggles would allow him to see under those lilies.
- Roger Federer is the most breathtaking player to watch - especially live, when you are struck by the impression that he must have six arms.
- Orwell's scrupulous observations and distinctions strike me as impressive and useful in the context of the war being waged against us now.
- On that day they looked anything but impressive and what struck me about their performance that day was how quickly they crumbled once Donegal took the initiative.
- I was struck by a number of interesting points about this spiked-debate so far.
- The guides who aided and fleeced the pioneers who moved West were struck by how clueless many of them were about the wilderness they were entering.
- After a few days of scouting venues and contemplating a Registry Office wedding, we were struck by how much we weren't looking forward to the event.
- Adel and Doug entered the house just as the large grandfather clock struck twelve.
- She dares him to do it, and just then the clock strikes twelve.
- Make sure you get there early, as it becomes members only after the clock strikes twelve.
- I got up, and while doing so struck a match to ignite the overhead oxygen.
- There had to be oxygen present, and the surface on which the match was struck had to be of a certain kind.
- Valerie knitted her brow as she struck match after match until finally she took a long and deep breath to calm her beating heart.
- The bar in my hands spun wildly and the impact struck sparks from the iron.
- Millstones, if they were not adjusted properly, could strike sparks from each other.
- Her blade clanged against Amanda's hard, striking a haze of sparks that lit the air between them.
- The government installed armed military units inside oil fields and refineries in an attempt to stop workers striking.
- The industrial action saw employees strike at hospitals and rest homes across the country.
- Around 450 workers struck recently over management attempts to bring in new flexible shifts.
- Some 800 nurses struck Queen's Medical Center three weeks ago.
- Following a workers' committee decision, the staff struck the bank's business division.
- The question was whether that should be struck out but the House of Lords did not strike it out.
- Some of the most extreme proposals of the bill were either diluted or struck out or subjected to a four-year time limit related to the course of the war.
- The author usually fails to mention what portions of the specification they would strike out in the name of simplification.
- Yesterday, the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting professional conduct committee struck her off, after ruling that her behaviour amounted to misconduct.
- With just two weeks to go until the appeal deadline, the GP has still not decided whether to challenge a decision by the General Medical Council to strike him off for professional misconduct.
- The consultant was struck off by the professional conduct committee in November 2000, over a 1996 operation in which he was accused of abandoning a patient who later bled to death.
- It does not follow, if this legislation is struck down, that the appellant can get away with biting people.
- Nevertheless, the Virginia Supreme Court - over the dissent of some of its Justices - struck the statute down.
- As I predicted, however, the Supreme Court did not strike these laws down on grounds that they were special-interest rent-seeking legislation.
- Back in 1698, the mill was used to forge copper blacks for the Royal Mint to strike farthings and halfpennies.
- The Royal Thai Mint has struck a special medal.
- The coin was struck during the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV) who reigned from 1851 till 1868.
- We had to contemplate striking a new print and making a new telecine which is expensive.
- Then there's the fact that the stocks used for striking prints have improved dramatically and can improve a lot more yet.
- It will be the theatrical cut for every country - that's based on it costing too much to go back and do an uncut version for other markets, and strike new prints.
- Reid says hunters and trappers tried to strike a compromise by agreeing to strictly limited hunting and trapping seasons.
- Commonwealth leaders meeting in Australia have struck a deal, agreeing on a compromise to deal with the rapidly worsening situation.
- Achieving surgical excellence requires striking the right balance between quality of care and financial performance.
- The District of North Vancouver has struck a special committee to look into the allegations.
- In addition, a small steering committee was struck.
- Various special committees are then struck from time to time to assess specific situations.
- The company said it struck gold in a Bulgarian mine.
- This time round, the company has struck black gold in Angola.
- A Swindon firm has joined the rush to strike black gold in the Falkland Islands.
- Something that works is most often a simple and elegant balance of elements struck upon by design or chance.
- When we find an anomaly, which defies the notion of some regularity, corresponding to our sense-perception of the world around us, we have struck upon the possibility of discovering a universal physical principle, like gravity.
- It seems a few lefty types thought they'd struck upon a fine idea: create a blog, then email a bunch of center/right bloggers to attempt to bring the crowds to their site.
- Married in April, we struck out for the Yangtze River in July.
- After stopping back in Savannah to fill-up and to have hamburgers in the car at the local Sonic, we struck out across country on picturesque back roads.
- He tells his wife that if he is killed, she should remain hidden until the men have passed and then strike out on her own for Loreto.
- Of course she decides to strike out on her own.
- To some extent, when a first lady strikes out in an independent manner, she disrupts the first three news frames of a supportive wife who has protocol functions and a good works agenda.
- In late 1985, while now trying to strike out as an independent game designer but still living north of Boston, Moon decided to organize a game group, the North Shore Game Club.
- It was time to strike camp and move on to a fresh location.
- Each soldier took his share in establishing the camp and striking the camp the next day.
- When the assembled group finally felt they'd spent enough time at the campsite, they began to strike camp, and stow their things on their backs again.
- Only when the rod tip pulls hard over and the fish starts to run with the bait should you strike to set the hook.
- Wait until the line tightens before striking, again be ready for fireworks if the fish is a carp.
- Ten minutes into darkness I felt a gentle pluck on the line, and striking, I connected with a powerful fish.
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- It is a slap in the face for those employees who went on strike for better pay.
- Eight months after the Conservatives were elected in Ontario, provincial employees went on strike for the first time ever.
- Taxi drivers and shop owners went on strike yesterday to protest what the opposition says was widespread rigging of the elections.
- A 24-hour post strike is expected in London, called by the Communication Workers Union after pay talks with Royal Mail stalled.
- He even resisted a municipal garbage strike, by renting a truck and picking up the garbage himself.
- When 6000 women call a 2 month sex strike things get done.
- Now, he has added the threat of preemptive military strikes.
- The reader is led to believe that Stalin oriented his military commanders toward a preemptive strike by the Red Army.
- Are we to understand that they, also, are entitled to launch massive military strikes against their attackers?
- A late strike from leading scorer Steve Oleksewycz was the visitors' only consolation.
- Then approaching the striking zone, he drew the goal-keeper out and confused him by delaying his strike before slotting the ball into the left-corner.
- The young German has made himself a hero on the Holte End since he has been in the first team with some tremendous goals and strikes from distance.
- I needed three strikes to win, and I threw three good balls and got strikes.
- No one throws a strike every ball, which is why filling frames is very important.
- Throwing strikes is great because you knock down all 10 pins and don't have to shoot a spare.
- When I get a bite the strike pulls the fish up and out, away from any potential snags and into open water.
- One of the problems I see the newcomer to saltwater fly fishing do when they feel a fish is give a hefty strike upwards as they would in trout fishing.
- This is their fifth day and we have yet to hook a fish, despite two half-hearted strikes.
- The data is used to test a range of hypotheses about the correlates of mining strikes.
- The museum is located in Mariposa, which had some of the Gold Country's richest strikes.
- Tracey and Pete went out looking for any signs of a gold strike or something, anything of value in the land.
- By the time the batter swung, strike three was already in the catcher's mitt.
- Down to his final strike, he swung late at a fast ball and lofted a pop-up down the third base line.
- The batter is automatically out for a hunt foul on a third strike.
- So it's two strikes against us with regards to this photo, and we don't have any greater understanding of the world around us.
- A lot of people think a governor on the ticket is helpful, but that he had two strikes against him.
- So does that make two strikes against efficiency?
- Incremental changes in the strike of some of the folds occur across these right-lateral faults, with more east-west orientations to the east.
- It has a similar strike but steeper dip and extends to anticipated Precambrian basement depths.
- While the north-south strike may be related to extension in the North Sea, it is not obvious why the beds in the south Midlands dip towards the SE.
In Anglo-Saxon times to strike was ‘to go or flow’ or ‘to rub lightly’, close in meaning to the related word stroke which shares a Germanic root. By the Middle Ages striking had become more forceful, and the word was being used in the familiar sense ‘hit’. To strike while the iron is hot is a metaphor from the blacksmith's forge, where iron can only be hammered into shape while it is hot. The proverb is quoted by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1386 and used in a slightly modified form by Shakespeare in Henry VI Part 3: ‘Strike now, or else the iron cools.’ The sort of strike that involves stopping work as a protest was first heard of in 1810, but the verb, meaning ‘to go on strike’, was earlier. This quote from the Annual Register of 1768 could be the source of the term: ‘A body of sailors…proceeded…to Sunderland…and went on board the several ships in that harbour, and struck [lowered] their yards [spars], in order to prevent them from proceeding to sea’. In the 1980s legislation was passed in some states of the USA known as the three strikes law or rule. It makes an offender's third felony punishable by life imprisonment or other severe sentence. The term comes from baseball—if a batter has three ‘strikes’, or unsuccessful attempts to hit a pitched ball, they ‘strike out’ or are out.
strike an attitude (or pose)
- Hold one’s body in a particular position to create an impression: striking a dramatic pose, Antonia announced that she was leavingMore example sentences
- I grabbed the dress and pressed it against my body, striking a pose.
- As I it drove past her, I took my hands off the wheel and struck a pose.
- She wailed something in a language I couldn't recognise and struck a pose.
strike a balance
- see balance.
strike a blow for (or at/against)
- Do something to help (or hinder) a cause, belief, or principle: just by finishing the race, she hopes to strike a blow for womankindMore example sentences
- A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
- Their intelligence work struck a blow at USA designs and provided much of the evidence at the trial.
- They will try any means possible to strike a blow at our way of life.
strike a chord
- see chord2.
strike at the root (or roots) of
- see root1.
- Some were 'shepherds' who did token work on their claim until a neighbour struck gold.
- The company said it struck gold in a Bulgarian mine.
- Stories abound about the first people to strike gold.
- And many animation firms realise that they have struck gold.
- I hear all the time from readers who think they've struck gold with a cheap PC only to realize later that they're stuck with fool's gold.
- Companies are being offered the chance to "strike gold" in the £500 billion public sector market.
- archaic (Of two people) clasp hands to seal a deal or agreement: come, Miss Marianne, let us strike hands upon the bargainMore example sentences
- Then Roderigo, who has left the room, suddenly and unexpectedly rushes back in to strike hands with Iago, startling the latter who was to embark on his monologue.
- He who puts up security for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.
- The pilgrims adore the sun rising while striking hands and while greeting them piously.
- see home.
strike (it) lucky
- British informal Have good luck in a particular matter: Middlesbrough struck lucky when they chose McClaren last summerMore example sentences
- They soon struck lucky, finding the coins scattered over a wide area.
- Was this the norm or had we struck lucky finding the café almost deserted?
- If you are a follower of style, with no interest in budget meals or hotels, then you have just struck lucky.
strike it rich
- informal Acquire a great deal of money, typically in a sudden or unexpected way: he struck it rich when a distant cousin left him $8 millionMore example sentences
- Like the prospector who spends years searching for gold with little or no success, the horse owner knows all the effort and money invested will be worthwhile if he can strike it rich with one horse.
- It might not be good for players who grab the short money available immediately and miss the opportunity to truly strike it rich.
- Oh, and if you should strike it rich, don't forget who brokered the deal.
strike a light
strike me lucky (or pink)
- informal , chiefly Australian Used to express astonishment or indignation.Example sentences
- Strike me lucky if the entire population doesn't already know that there's a treasure there.
- Strike me pink if I have ever seen anything more grotesque!
- "Why, strike me pink, if it ain't young Drummond," Hugh said with a grin.
strike while the iron is hot
- Make use of an opportunity immediately.Example sentences
- The important point to remember is to strike while the iron is hot - that is, take advantage of the opportunity before it is too late.
- We need to strike while the iron is hot, and show them how angry and betrayed we feel.
- The time has to be right for us to take someone on and we have to strike while the iron is hot.
- Now his enemies have struck back at him in a lawless and cowardly fashion.
- They struck back at New York's finest, and the movement to attain full civil rights was born.
- Should you strike back against hackers if the police can't do anything?
strike someone out (or strike out)
- Baseball Dismiss someone (or be dismissed) by means of three strikes: Schmidt strikes out batter Garcia Ferguson was struck out for the second timeMore 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.
- (strike out) North American informal 3.1 Fail or be unsuccessful: the company struck out the first time it tried to manufacture personal computersMore 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.
strike up (or strike something up)
- (Of a band or orchestra) begin to play a piece of music: they struck up the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’More example sentences
- It began when a band struck up the opening hymn and a huge screen unfurled with a little bouncy ball popping across the words so everyone could sing along.
- There was an awkward silence and then the band began to strike up.
- The band struck up a catchy, fast-paced jazz beat, and Victoria began to sing.
- (strike something up)4.1 Begin a friendship or conversation with someone, typically in a casual way: he struck up an intimate conversation with her in the lobbyMore example sentences
- You could always strike up a conversation with someone on the mall bench next to you.
- We might strike up a friendship, become pen pals, visit each other.
- They were boisterous but friendly, delighting in striking up friendships with the locals.
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