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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: strike /straɪk/ 
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singularstrike
pluralstrikes
  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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