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phrase [never progressive]
  1. to make someone have a particular opinion or feeling

    ‘You don’t strike me as a religious man,’ I said frankly.

    strike someone as being something:

    He didn’t strike me as being the jealous sort.

    it strikes someone as funny/odd/strange (that):

    It struck me as a little bit odd that she was always alone.

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