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RELATED WORDS

bear, begin, head, initiate, make, start

Nearby words

strigil, strigilate, strigose, strijdom, strikable, strike, strike a balance, strike a bargain, strike a chord, strike a happy medium, strike benefit

Idioms

Origin of strike

before 1000; 1768 for def 65; (v.) Middle English striken to stroke, beat, cross out, Old English strīcan to stroke, make level; cognate with German streichen; (noun) Middle English: unit of dry measure (i.e., something leveled off; see strick), derivative of the v.; akin to streak, stroke1
ANTONYMS FOR strike
1 miss.
Related forms

Synonym study

1. Strike, hit, knock imply suddenly bringing one body in contact with another. Strike suggests such an action in a general way: to strike a child. Hit is less formal than strike, and often implies giving a single blow, but usually a strong one and definitely aimed: to hit a baseball. To knock is to strike, often with a tendency to displace the object struck; it also means to strike repeatedly: to knock someone down; to knock at a door. See also beat.
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British Dictionary definitions for strike out (1 of 2)

strike out


verb (adverb)

(tr) to remove or erase
(intr) to start out or beginto strike out on one's own
baseball to put out or be put out on strikes
(intr) US and Canadian informal to fail utterly

British Dictionary definitions for strike out (2 of 2)

strike

/ (straɪk) /

verb strikes, striking or struck

noun

Derived Formsstrikeless, adjective

Word Origin for strike

Old English strīcan; related to Old Frisian strīka to stroke, Old High German strīhhan to smooth, Latin stria furrow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for strike out

strike

[ strīk ]

The course or bearing of a structural surface, such as an inclined bed or a fault plane, as it intersects a horizontal plane. See illustration at dip.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Culture definitions for strike out

strike


A concerted refusal by employees in a particular business or industry to work. Its goal is usually to force employers to meet demands respecting wages and other working conditions.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with strike out (1 of 2)

strike out


1

Cancel or erase, as in Strike out that last sentence, please. [Early 1500s]

2

Begin a course of action, set out energetically, as in Elaine was determined to strike out on her own. [Early 1700s]

3

Fail in an endeavor, as in His latest business venture has struck out. This usage originated in baseball, where it refers to a batter's failure to put the ball in play (Williams struck out three times in yesterday's game), as well as to a pitcher's success in eliminating a batter (Clemens struck him out again in the fourth inning). [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with strike out (2 of 2)

strike


In addition to the idioms beginning with strike

  • strike a balance
  • strike a bargain
  • strike a chord
  • strike a happy medium
  • strike down
  • strike it rich
  • strike out
  • strike the right note
  • strike while the iron is hot

also see:

  • go out (on strike)
  • happy medium, strike a
  • lightning never strikes twice
  • on strike
  • two strikes against
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.