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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystrike out
he/she/itstrikes out
present participlestriking out
past tensestruck out
past participlestruck out
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to start doing something new or different, especially in order to become more independent
    strike out for:

    It was an opportunity to strike out for independence.

    strike out on your own:

    O’Connor quit his job and decided to strike out on his own.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to try to hit or attack someone or something
    strike out at:

    Without warning, he struck out at Holmes with his right hand.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to criticize someone or something, especially in a speech, interview, or article
    strike out at:

    He struck out at supporters of the bill in his speech yesterday.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to walk or swim in a particular direction in a way that shows energy or determination
    strike out into:

    We decided to strike out on foot into the forest.

    strike out for:

    Rostov surfaced, then struck out for the nearest shore.

    strike out across:

    She slid into the water and struck out across the lake.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] mainly American informal to be unsuccessful in trying to do something

    Looks like we’ve struck out again.

  6. 6

    strike out


    strike through

    [transitive] to remove words from a document, for example by drawing a line through them

    Strike out lines 5 to 18.

  7. 7
    [transitive] legal to stop the continuation of a court case

    The judge struck out the case for want of cause (=because it was not justified).

  8. 8
    [intransitive] a batter strikes out in baseball by missing the ball three times, ending their turn at trying to hit it
    1. a.
      [transitive] a pitcher strikes a batter out in baseball by throwing three balls that the batter is unable to hit, ending the batter’s turn
See also main entry: strike
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