WHAT IS MEANING OF STRIKE
strike force (noun)
strike zone (noun)
air strike (noun)
first strike (noun)
hunger strike (noun)
lightning strike (noun)
wildcat strike (noun)
pay dirt (noun)
a : to hit (someone or something) in a forceful way
The ship struck an iceberg.
The car struck the tree.
The bullet struck him in the leg.
[+] more examples
b : to cause (something) to hit something in a forceful way
I struck [=banged, bumped] my knee against the leg of the table.
She struck the cymbals together.
c : to hit (someone or something) with your hand, a weapon, etc.
The killer struck him with a blunt object.
She accidentally struck another player in the face.
[no object] : to attack someone or something suddenly
The snake was about to strike.
Police say that the killer may strike again.
— often + at
The snake struck at the mouse.
He struck at her with a knife.
— often used figuratively
He hurt her feelings by striking at [=attacking, criticizing] her personal beliefs.
The proposed law strikes at the foundations of our democracy.
not used in progressive tenses : to affect (someone or something) suddenly in a bad way : to cause damage, harm, illness, etc., to (someone or something)
The flu strikes millions of people each year. [=millions of people get sick with the flu each year]
A hurricane struck the island.
The city has been struck by a powerful earthquake.
— often used as (be) stricken
He was stricken with a high fever.
The hurricane is expected to strike tomorrow.
When disaster strikes, will you be prepared?
— often used figuratively
The home team struck [=scored] first on the opening drive.
not used in progressive tenses, [+ object] : to cause (someone) to be in a certain condition suddenly — usually used as (be) struck
They were struck speechless with surprise.
He was struck deaf/blind [=he became deaf/blind] at an early age.
I was struck dumb [=dumbstruck] by the news.
a : to cause someone to feel (a strong emotion) suddenly — often + in or into
Their war cries struck terror in (the hearts of) their enemies.
Her words struck fear into the hearts of her listeners.
b : to affect (someone) with a strong emotion
He was struck with horror at the sight. = The sight struck him with horror.
[+ object] : to cause (something) to happen or exist : to do or achieve (something)
He needs to strike a better balance between his work life and his family life. [=he needs to spend less time at work and more time with his family]
They struck a blow for freedom and against tyranny. [=they did something that helped freedom and opposed tyranny]
Fate has struck a heavy blow against us. = Fate has struck us a heavy blow.
not used in progressive tenses, [+ object] : to be thought of by (someone) suddenly : to occur to (someone)
It suddenly struck me [=I realized suddenly] that I would never see her again.
The answer just struck me.
It strikes me [=I realize] that there is a larger issue at stake.
not used in progressive tenses, [+ object] : to cause (someone) to think about someone or something in a particular way
What really struck me was their enthusiasm. [=I especially noticed their enthusiasm]
It strikes me [=it surprises me] that so few of them were willing to help.
— often + as
Her comment struck me as odd. [=her comment seemed odd to me]
She strikes us as a very qualified candidate. [=we think she is a very qualified candidate]
[no object] of a group of workers : to stop work in order to force an employer to agree to demands : to refuse to work until your employer does what you want
The teachers are threatening to strike. [=go on strike]
— often + for
The workers are striking for an increase in pay.
of a clock : to make the time known by making a sound
The clock struck as they entered the room.
The clock struck one.
[+ object] : to cause (a match) to start burning by rubbing it against a surface
She struck a match and lit the candle.
[+ object] : to make (an agreement)
The two parties have finally struck a bargain/deal.
[+ object] : to remove (something) from (something)
She struck the song from the album at the last minute.
He struck [=deleted] the sentence from the paragraph.
The clause has been stricken from the contract.
not used in progressive tenses, [+ object] : to find or discover (something) especially by digging
They are hoping to strike oil/gold.
— see also strike gold (below)
[+ object] : to place yourself in (a particular position, posture, etc.)
She struck [=assumed, took on] a dramatic pose.
He struck a defensive attitude.
[+ object] : to play (a note, chord, etc.) on a musical instrument by using your fingers on keys or strings
Fans cheered when he struck the song’s opening chords.
— often used figuratively
She struck the right note/tone with her speech. [=she said things in a way that appealed to her audience]
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to begin to walk or go in a particular direction — usually + off or out
He struck off through the woods.
The men struck out for/toward their campsite when they saw the storm clouds moving in.
— see also strike out 4 (below)
[+ object] : to make (a coin, medal, etc.) by pressing an image into a piece of metal
The coins were struck in 1789.
be struck by informal
: to be very impressed by or pleased with (something or someone)
Visitors are always struck by the beauty of the landscape.
lightning never strikes (the same place) twice
— see 1lightning
strike a chord
— see 2chord
strike a nerve
— see nerve
strike back [phrasal verb]
: to try to hurt someone who has hurt you or treated you badly
When he called her lazy, she immediately struck back by calling him fat.
— often + at
He angrily struck back at his critics.
strike down [phrasal verb]
strike (someone) down
a : to make (someone) unable to work, act, or function in the usual way — usually used as (be) struck down
She was struck down by an injury at the height of her athletic career.
b : to cause (someone) to die suddenly — usually used as (be) struck down
He was struck down by a heart attack at age 55.
strike (something) down or strike down (something) chiefly US, law : to say officially that (something) is no longer legally valid
The board struck down the appointment.
The Supreme Court struck down the law.
: to have great success with something
The studio struck gold with their latest film.
— see also 1strike 14 (above)
— see 2home
strike it rich informal
: to become rich suddenly
Her family struck it rich when they won the lottery.
strike off [phrasal verb]
strike off (something) or strike (something) off : to draw a line through (a name or item on a list)
The teacher struck off [=crossed out] the names as he called them out.
strike off (something) or strike (something) off : to remove (something) by hitting it with a tool in a forceful way
He struck off the top of the coconut with a machete.
strike off (someone) or strike (someone) off British : to remove the name of (someone, such as a doctor or lawyer) from an official register — usually used as (be) struck off
The doctor was struck off for unethical practices. [=the doctor is no longer allowed to practice]
— see also 1strike 17 (above)
strike on/upon [phrasal verb]
strike on/upon (something) not used in progressive tenses : to find or discover (something) especially suddenly
He struck on an idea for his novel.
They struck upon a salt mine.
be struck on British, informal : to like or be impressed by (someone or something) very much
He was quite struck on her.
She seems to be very struck on herself. [=stuck on herself]
strike out [phrasal verb]
a strike (someone) out or strike out (someone) of a pitcher : to cause (a batter) to be out by pitching three strikes
The pitcher struck him out with a curve.
The pitcher struck out the first two batters.
b of a batter : to make an out by getting three strikes
The first two batters struck out.
— see also strikeout
strike (something) out or strike out (something) : to remove (something) from a document : delete
The editor struck out the last paragraph.
US, informal : to be unsuccessful : fail
“Did you get her phone number?” “No, I struck out.”
: to begin a course of action
She struck out on her own after graduation.
— see also 1strike 17 (above)
: to try to hit someone or something suddenly
He struck out wildly with his arms.
— often + at
He struck out wildly at the police officers.
: to make a sudden and angry attack against someone — often + at
Both candidates struck out at their critics.
strike pay dirt
— see pay dirt
strike (someone) dead
: to kill (someone) in a quick and unexpected way
A bolt of lightning struck him dead.
strike up [phrasal verb]
strike up (something)
a : to begin to play (a piece of music)
The orchestra struck up a waltz.
b : to cause (an orchestra, a band, etc.) to begin playing
The conductor struck up the band.
strike up (something) also strike (something) up : to begin (something)
I struck up a conversation with him at the party.
The two boys struck up a friendship.
strike while the iron is hot
: to do something immediately while you still have a good chance to do it
We may not have a chance like this again. We need to strike while the iron is hot.
— see also striking distance
2 strike /ˈstraɪk/ noun
Learner’s definition of STRIKE
: a period of time when workers stop work in order to force an employer to agree to their demands
a teachers’ strike
a strike by airline pilots
The workers are on strike.
Workers are threatening to go (out) on strike. = (Brit) Workers are threatening to come out on strike.
Workers threatened to take strike action.
— see also hunger strike, lightning strike
[count] : a military attack
The allies have launched several strikes.
an air strike [=an attack by aircraft]
— see also first strike, surgical strike
[count] : the act of hitting something with force
The forest fire was caused by a lightning strike. [=was caused when something on the ground was hit/struck by lightning]
a baseball : a pitch that passes through a certain area over home plate without being hit and that counts against the batter
The first pitch was a ball but the next two pitches were strikes.
That’s strike two. One more strike and he’s out.
— see also strike zone
b US : a perfectly thrown ball or pass
The quarterback threw a strike to the receiver.
[count] chiefly US : something that makes someone or something less likely to be accepted, approved, successful, etc.
Her poor attendance was a strike against her. [=her poor attendance counted against her]
He has a criminal record, so that’s one strike against him.
I want the job, but I’m young and I don’t have much experience, so I feel like I already have two strikes against me.
[count] bowling : the achievement of knocking down all 10 pins with the first ball
She made/bowled a strike.
— compare 3spare 2
[count] : a discovery of something valuable (such as oil) — usually singular
an oil strike