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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to start to play or sing a piece of music
    strike up the band (=begin playing music):

    The announcer called out, "Strike up the band!"

  2. 2
    strike up a friendship/conversation etc. (with someone) to start something such as a relationship or conversation with someone in an informal way

    Anna had struck up a conversation with a girl at the pool.

    The bartender seemed to have already struck up a friendship with Jane.

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