strike at - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theystrike at
he/she/itstrikes at
present participlestriking at
past tensestruck at
past participlestruck at
  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.

    1. a.
      strike at something to try to hit or kick something such as a ball with your hand, foot, or a piece of sports equipment
  2. 2
    strike at someone/something to make a sudden violent or illegal attack on someone or something
  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.

See also main entry: strike