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.