1 hit, deal a blow to, knock, smack, thump, thwack, crown, cuff, punch, smite; beat, hammer, belabour, batter, pummel or pommel, pelt, buffet, thrash; cudgel, bludgeon, club, whip, horsewhip, scourge, lash, cane, flog, birch, slap, Colloq wallop, slug, whack, clout, sock, conk, belt, bash, lambaste, bop:
Small wonder he struck you after what you called his wife.
2 deliver, deal, aim, direct:
He struck a blow for freedom.
3 hit, collide with, land on or in or against, smash or bump or bang or crash or dash into, go or run into, impact:
Mrs Humphrey's car went out of control and struck a tree.
4 remove, take away, take apart, dismantle, knock down; take or pull or haul down:
Stage-hands struck the set. As the wind piped up we struck the mainsail.
5 Usually, strike off or from or out. obliterate, expunge, erase, eradicate, blot out, delete, scratch, eliminate, rub out, cross (out), cancel, wipe out, US x out:
After the scandal, his name was struck off the register. Strike out any references that might be thought libellous.
6 light, ignite:
He struck a match to see where he was going.
7 affect, impress, influence, afflict, Colloq hit:
The death of her kitten struck Mandy to the heart.
8 make, reach, attain, conclude; agree or settle (on), ratify, confirm:
We struck a bargain on the sale of the car.
9 occur or come to, dawn on or upon, Colloq hit, register (with):
It suddenly struck me that you are leaving tomorrow.
10 impress, print, stamp, punch, mint, make:
They have struck a new gold coin for collectors.
11 instil, implant, induce:
Horror films struck fear into our hearts when we were children.
12 assume, adopt, put on, display, affect, take on, feign:
He struck a supercilious pose of insouciant hauteur that annoyed her intensely.
13 Often, strike down. afflict, affect, attack, indispose, incapacitate, disable, cripple, invalid:
Polio struck her down in the prime of life.
14 encounter, come or happen or hit upon, come across, chance upon, discover, stumble on, find:
The news is that they've struck oil in the North Sea.
15 revolt, rebel, mutiny, walk out (of or off the job):
The machinists struck at midnight, bringing the industry to a halt.
16 strike on or upon. dream up, devise, conjure up, improvise, work out, invent, contrive, come up with, hit on or upon, arrive at:
The alchemist never did strike upon a way to turn lead into gold.
17 strike out.
(a) fail, get nowhere, Colloq US miss the boat, flop, come a cropper, Slang US blow it, blow the gaff, come to nothing or naught or nought:
Tim always strikes out when it comes to girls.
(b) See 5, above.
18 strike up. (cause to) begin or start or commence:
The band struck up. We struck up an acquaintance aboard ship.
19 attack, assault:
A dawn air strike is planned.
20 walk-out, sit-down (strike), job action, slow-down, go-slow, work-to-rule:
They will call a strike if negotiations break down.
1 industrial protest
long | short | indefinite |
crippling, damaging, major |
bitter | official | illegal, unofficial, unlawful | protest | token, warning | lightning, wildcat
a series of lightning strikes in parts of the coal industry
| all-out, general, mass, national, nationwide
A general strike brought the country to a standstill.
| hunger | sit-down | political | sympathy
The suppression of the strike led to sympathy strikes in other industries.
| pay, rent | dock, dockers', miners', postal, train, etc.
VERB + STRIKE
be on | come out on, go on, join, take part in | call (sb out on), organize, stage
The union leaders called a strike. He called all the workers out on strike.
| avert, prevent | threaten
More train strikes are threatened.
| begin, start | call off, end | break (up), crush
The army was used to help break the strike.
| settle | ban
The new government banned strikes.
STRIKE + VERB
occur, take place | start | end | last | spread
The strike soon spread to other cities.
| paralyse sth
The strike paralysed the port.
STRIKE + NOUN
Prison officers are threatening to take strike action.
| ballot, call, threat | leader | breaker | committee, movement
during a/the ~
There was a continual police presence during the strike.
| ~ against
a strike against the employment of non-union labour
| ~ by
a strike by tax collectors
| ~ for
a strike for a ten-hour day
| ~ in protest at
a strike in protest at the government's economic policies
| ~ in support of
Miners staged a one-day strike in support of the steel workers.
| ~ over
a strike over wages
days lost in/through strikes
Unofficial action accounted for 40% of the days lost through strikes last year.
2 sudden military attack
air, military, nuclear | pre-emptive | retaliatory
VERB + STRIKE
carry out, launch, make
in a/the ~
The house was damaged in an air strike.
| ~ against/on
The aircraft carried out a pre-emptive strike against bases in the north. verb
1 hit/attack sb/sth
He struck her hard across the face.
The German army struck deep into northern France.
| directly | repeatedly | home
(often figurative) The remark struck home.
VERB + STRIKE
be ready to, prepare to
The oar struck against something hard.
He struck at me repeatedly with a stick.
He struck the ball firmly into the back of the net.
The ball struck her on the head.
2 come into your mind suddenly/give an impression
immediately | suddenly
It suddenly struck me how we could improve the situation.
An awful thought has just struck me.
Joan was struck quite forcibly by the silence.
He struck me as being rather stupid.
3 go on strike
VERB + STRIKE
threaten to | vote to
The union has voted to strike for a pay increase of six per cent.
| in protest at
the right to strike
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