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noun [countable] strike pronunciation in American English /straɪk/
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  1. 1
    a period of time during which people refuse to work, as a protest about pay or conditions at work
    strike by: A strike by public transportation workers was launched on August 12th.
    strike over: a 15-day strike over pay and poor safety conditions
    be (out) on strike: Workers have been out on strike since Friday.
    call a strike (=ask people to start it): The two main unions had called the strike.
    a teachers’/workers’/drivers’ etc. strike: schools closed by a teachers’ strike
    a train/dock strike: A train strike has crippled the city.
    See also hunger strike
  2. 3
    a military attack, especially one in which airplanes drop bombs on an area
    strike against: the danger of an imminent military strike against the United States
    strike on: Cluster bombs were used in the strike on the airfield.
    launch a strike (on/against someone/something): Bush warned that America would launch strikes against them if the war spread.
    See also first strike



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