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Learner's definition of STRIKE  
[+ object] 
: to hit (someone or something) in a forceful way
   b : to cause (something) to hit something in a forceful way
   c : to hit (someone or something) with your hand, a weapon, etc.
[no object] : to attack someone or something suddenly— often + at— often used figuratively
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)
[+ object]
— often used as (be) stricken
[no object]
— often used figuratively
not used in progressive tenses[+ object] : to cause (someone) to be in a certain condition suddenly— usually used as (be) struck
[+ object] 
: to cause someone to feel (a strong emotion) suddenly— often + in or into
   b : to affect (someone) with a strong emotion
[+ object] : to cause (something) to happen or exist: to do or achieve (something)
not used in progressive tenses[+ object] : to be thought of by (someone) suddenly: to occur to (someone)
not used in progressive tenses[+ object] : to cause (someone) to think about someone or something in a particular way— often + as
[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— often + for
10 of a clock : to make the time known by making a sound
[no object]
[+ object]
11 [+ object] : to cause (a match) to start burning by rubbing it against a surface
12 [+ object] : to make (an agreement)
13 [+ object] : to remove (something) from (something)
14 not used in progressive tenses[+ object] : to find or discover (something) especially by digging
— see also strike gold (below)
15 [+ object] : to place yourself in (a particular position, posture, etc.)
16 [+ object] : to play (a note, chord, etc.) on a musical instrument by using your fingers on keys or strings— often used figuratively
17 always followed by an adverb or preposition[no object] : to begin to walk or go in a particular direction— usually + off or out
— see also strike out 4 (below)
18 [+ object] : to make (a coin, medal, etc.) by pressing an image into a piece of metal

be struck by

: to be very impressed by or pleased with (something or someone)

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— often + at

strike down

[phrasal verb]
strike (someone) down 
: to make (someone) unable to work, act, or function in the usual way— usually used as (be) struck down
   b : to cause (someone) to die suddenly— usually used as (be) struck down
strike (something) downchiefly US, law or strike down (something) : to say officially that (something) is no longer legally valid

strike gold

: to have great success with something
— see also 1strike 14 (above)

strike home

— see 2home

strike it rich

: to become rich suddenly

strike off

[phrasal verb]
strike off (something) or strike (something) off : to draw a line through (a name or item on a list)
strike off (something) or strike (something) off : to remove (something) by hitting it with a tool in a forceful way
strike off (someone)British or strike (someone) off : to remove the name of (someone, such as a doctor or lawyer) from an official register— usually used as (be) struck off
— see also 1strike 17 (above)

strike on/upon

[phrasal verb]
not used in progressive tensesstrike on/upon (something) : to find or discover (something) especially suddenly
be struck onBritish, informal : to like or be impressed by (someone or something) very much

strike out

[phrasal verb]
strike (someone) outof a pitcher or strike out (someone) : to cause (a batter) to be out by pitching three strikes
   b of a batter : to make an out by getting three strikes
— see also strikeout
strike (something) out or strike out (something) : to remove (something) from a document
: delete
US, informal : to be unsuccessful
: fail
: to begin a course of action
— see also 1strike 17 (above)
: to try to hit someone or something suddenly— often + at
: to make a sudden and angry attack against someone— often + at

strike pay dirt

— see pay dirt

strike (someone) dead

: to kill (someone) in a quick and unexpected way

strike up

[phrasal verb]
strike up (something) 
: to begin to play (a piece of music)
   b : to cause (an orchestra, a band, etc.) to begin playing
strike up (something) also strike (something) up : to begin (something)

strike while the iron is hot

: to do something immediately while you still have a good chance to do it
— see also striking distance
Learner's definition of STRIKE  
: a period of time when workers stop work in order to force an employer to agree to their demands
[count] : a military attack
— see also first strikesurgical strike
[count] : the act of hitting something with force
baseball : a pitch that passes through a certain area over home plate without being hit and that counts against the batter
— see also strike zone
   b US : a perfectly thrown ball or pass
[count]chiefly US : something that makes someone or something less likely to be accepted, approved, successful, etc.
[count]bowling : the achievement of knocking down all 10 pins with the first ball
— compare 3spare 2
[count] : a discovery of something valuable (such as oil)— usually singular
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