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I/you/we/theystrike out
he/she/itstrikes out
present participlestriking out
past tensestruck out
past participlestruck out

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  1. 2
    [intransitive] informal to be unsuccessful in trying to do something
    Looks like we’ve struck out again.
  2. 3
    [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. 4
    [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. 5
    [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 woods.
    strike out for: Rostov surfaced, then struck out for the nearest shore.
  5. 6
    [intransitive] to start doing something new or different, especially in order to become more independent
    strike out on your own: O’Connor quit his job and decided to strike out on his own.
    strike out for: It was an opportunity to strike out for herself.
  6. 7

    strike out

    or

    strike through

    [transitive] to remove words from a document, for example by drawing a line through them
    Strike out lines 5 to 18.
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