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One of the bullets struck her forearm.
The boat struck bottom.
The ball struck her hard on the left shoulder.
She’s in the hospital with head injuries after being struck by a car.
Gordon fell from his bike and struck his head on the ground.
Can lightning ever strike twice in the same place?
Judy’s house was struck by lightning during the storm.
He fled empty-handed after striking a security guard on the head.
“Idiot!” cried Simmons, striking his forehead with the palm of his hand.
She had been struck a blow on the back of the head.
Police say they fear the man could strike again.
The thief struck sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
We will use these air bases to strike against the northern territories.
striking factory workers
The right to strike was then established in the constitution.
Pilots were striking for a 6% pay increase.
Automobile workers were threatening to strike over the job losses.
Accidents can strike at any time.
Three earthquakes struck Peru on April 5th and 6th.
That same year, tragedy struck the family again.
Disaster struck within minutes of takeoff.
It was then that the thought struck her.
He stopped speaking, struck by a sudden thought.
The first thing that struck me about Alex was his amazing self-confidence.
It struck her that this was not perhaps the best time to bring up the subject.
It struck us how sick he was looking these days.
He struck a match, shading it with his hand.
The town hall clock struck midnight.
One of the clocks struck the hour.
Their names should be struck from the list of candidates.
The court reporter will strike that remark from the record.
These questions must be answered before a deal can be struck.
The order was given to strike camp at dawn.
They were waiting for the director’s order to strike the set.
The first time I saw her I was struck by her beauty.
A balance must be struck between meeting housing needs and preserving the environment.
The picture immediately strikes the eye as you enter the room.
a subject guaranteed to strike fear in the hearts of parents
He was capable of striking terror into the enemy.
He seems to have struck gold with his first movie.
After years as a struggling businessman he struck it lucky.
“You don’t strike me as a religious man,” I said frankly.
He didn’t strike me as being the jealous type.
It struck me as a little bit odd that she was always alone.
This is the American English definition of strike. View British English definition of strike.
a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …add a word
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