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Idioms about strike

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

synonym study for strike

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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What doesĀ strike mean?

Strike means to hit or deal a blow with a fist or object.

When you strike something, you are hitting it or impacting it with something, as in a boxer striking their opponent or a kid striking a piƱata.

An object can also strike another object, like a meteor striking the ground.

A strike can also be the act of hitting or dealing a blow, as in The strike from the wrecking ball caused the entire wall to collapse.

Strike has many different meanings that often involve something coming into physical or metaphorical contact with something else. For example, you can get struck by lightning or a good idea might strike your mind.

Workers are said to strike or go on strike when they refuse to work until their demands are met. This kind of collective refusal by workers is called a strike.

Example: The boxer was known for striking his opponents just before the bell struck.

Where doesĀ strike come from?

The first records of strike come from before the year 1000. It comes from the Old English strÄ«can, meaning ā€œto strokeā€ or ā€œto make level.ā€ The English words stroke and streak have similar origins.

The word strike has a lot of different uses and specific meanings as both a verb and a noun.

When a clock indicates a certain time, we say it strikes that time, as in The clock struck one. When you strike a note, you play it on an instrument or sing it. A prospector might strike gold or oil (find it after digging or drilling for it). A dancer might strike a pose (position themselves into it).

You are probably familiar with the strikes in baseball. When the batter fails to hit the ball when itā€™s in the strike zone, thatā€™s a strike. When a batter misses three times, theyā€™re out. And to have a strike against you is to have made a mistake or failed at something when you have a limited number of tries. A military attack can be called a strike, such as an air strike (an attack made by aircraft) or a drone strike (an attack made using drones).

These are just some examples of the many different meanings of strike. (Did we strike the right balance?)

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What are some other forms related to strike?

  • struck (simple past tense verb)
  • stricken (perfect past tense verb)
  • strikeless (adjective)
  • antistrike (adjective)
  • nonstrike (adjective)
  • outstrike (verb)

What are some synonyms for strike?

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What are some words that often get used in discussing strike?

How isĀ strike used in real life?

Strike is a very commonly used word, particularly in its literal sense.



Try usingĀ strike!

Which of the following words is a synonym of strike?

A. hit
B. miss
C. create
D. make

How to use strike in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for strike

/ (straÉŖk) /

verb strikes, striking or struck

Derived forms of strike

strikeless, 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 Ā© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 Ā© HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for 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 HeritageĀ® Science Dictionary Copyright Ā© 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for 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 Ā© 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with strike


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