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strike a balance

Find a compromise, as in We have to strike a balance between what we want and what we can afford. This expression alludes to accounting, where it signifies finding a profit or loss by weighing income versus outlay. [Mid-1800s]

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