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phrasal verb [transitive]
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I/you/we/theystrike at
he/she/itstrikes at
present participlestriking at
past tensestruck at
past participlestruck at
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  1. 1
    strike at someone/something to try to hit someone or something with your hand or a weapon
    He struck at me several times but never hurt me.
  2. 2
    strike at someone/something to make a sudden violent or illegal attack on someone or something
    The rebels struck at government camps that night.
  3. 3
    to be likely to seriously damage or destroy something important
    strike at the heart/foundation(s)/root(s) of something: This scandal strikes at the heart of the company’s role as a responsible employer.
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