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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theystrike down
he/she/itstrikes down
present participlestriking down
past tensestruck down
past participlestruck down
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to make someone die or become so sick that they can no longer live a normal life

    As a tiny baby she was struck down by polio.

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