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verb strike pronunciation in British English /straɪk/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theystrike
he/she/itstrikes
present participlestriking
past tensestruck
past participlestruck
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to hit against, or to crash into, someone or something

    One of the bullets struck her forearm.

    The boat struck the bottom.

    strike someone/something on the something:

    The ball struck her hard on the left shoulder.

    be struck by something:

    She's in hospital with head injuries after being struck by a car.

    1. a.
      [transitive] formal to hurt a part of your body by accidentally knocking it against an object
      strike on:

      Gordon fell from his bike and struck his head on the ground.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if lightning strikes something such as a tree or a building, it hits it and damages or destroys it

      Can lightning ever strike twice in the same place?

      Judy's house was struck by lightning during the storm.

  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to hit someone or something with your hand, a tool, or a weapon
    strike someone/something on the something:

    He fled empty-handed after striking a security guard on the head.

    strike something with something:

    'Idiot!' cried Simmons, striking his forehead with the palm of his hand.

    strike (someone) a blow (on something):

    She had been struck a blow on the back of the head.

    1. a.
      [transitive] formal to hit or kick something such as a ball with your hand, foot, or a piece of sports equipment

      She's really striking the ball well and has her confidence back.

      He struck a superb shot into the back of the net.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to make a sudden violent or illegal attack on someone or something

    Police say they fear the man could strike again.

    The thief struck sometime between 8.30 am and 6 pm.

    strike against:

    We will use these air bases to strike against the northern territories.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to make a successful attack in a competition, especially by scoring a goal or point

      Anderson struck twice in three minutes in the first half.

      Henry struck the winning goal seconds before the end of the match.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to refuse to work for a period of time as a protest about your pay or conditions of work

    striking factory workers

    The right to strike was then established in the constitution.

    strike for:

    Pilots were striking for a 6% salary increase.

    strike over:

    Car workers were threatening to strike over the job losses.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] if something unpleasant or dangerous strikes, or if it strikes someone or something, it happens suddenly and unexpectedly and causes harm or damage to them

    Accidents can strike at any time.

    Three earthquakes struck Peru on April 5th and 6th.

    tragedy strikes (someone/something):

    That same year, tragedy struck the family again.

    disaster strikes (someone/something):

    Disaster struck within minutes of take-off.

  6. 6
    [transitive] [never progressive] if a thought or idea strikes you, it enters your mind suddenly or unexpectedly

    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 strikes someone that:

    It struck her that this was not perhaps the best time to bring up the subject.

    it strikes someone how:

    It struck us how ill he was looking these days.

  7. 9
    [intransitive/transitive] if a clock strikes or strikes a particular time, it makes a sound like a bell a particular number of times to show what time it is

    The town hall clock struck midnight.

    strike the hour (=make a sound at one o'clock, two o'clock etc):

    One of the clocks struck the hour.

  8. 10
    [transitive] to remove words from a document, for example by drawing a line through them
    strike something from something:

    Their names should be struck from the list of candidates.

    strike something from the record:

    The court reporter will strike that remark from the record.

  9. 11
    [transitive] if light strikes something, it shines on it

    Her hair looks red when light strikes it.

  10. 12
    [transitive] to make something such as a deal or an agreement by which both sides get an advantage or a benefit
    strike a deal/bargain:

    These questions must be answered before a deal can be struck.

  11. 14
    [transitive] [usually passive] to make a coin or medal by cutting it out of a piece of metal

    The first English gold coin was struck in 1255.

  12. 15
    [transitive] to lower and remove a structure such as a tent or sail
    strike camp (=remove all the tents in it):

    The order was given to strike camp at dawn.

    strike a set (=remove the background and furniture used in a play, film, or television programme):

    They were waiting for the director's order to strike the set.

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