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/ ˈstraɪkˌaʊt /
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noun Baseball.

an out made by a batter to whom three strikes have been charged, or as recorded by the pitcher who accomplishes this.



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Origin of strikeout

1885–90, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase strike out
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British Dictionary definitions for strikeout

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
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Idioms and Phrases with strikeout

strike out


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


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


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]

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