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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to start to play or sing a piece of music

    We could hear the band striking up the bridal march.

    The musicians struck up and people began to dance.

    strike up with:

    They struck up with Happy Birthday to You.

    strike up the band (=begin playing music):

    The announcer called out, 'Strike up the band!'

  2. 2
    strike up a friendship/conversation etc (with someone) to start something such as a relationship or conversation with someone in an informal way

    The barman seemed to have already struck up a friendship with Jane.

    Anna had struck up a conversation with a girl at the pool.

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