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English definition of “strike sth down”

strike sth down

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verb uk phrasal verb with strike   /straɪk/ (struck, struck) us  
to rule that a law is illegal and should not be obeyed: The courts struck down local segregation laws because they violated the federal constitution.Legislation and law-making
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