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verb uk   /straɪk/ (struck, struck) us  

strike verb (STOP WORK)

B2 [I] to refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer about working conditions, pay levels, or job losses: Democratization has brought workers the right to strike and join a trade union. We're striking for a reduction in the working week and improved safety standards.Industrial action

strike verb (CAUSE SUFFERING)

C2 [I or T] to cause a person or place to suffer severely from the effects of something very unpleasant that happens suddenly: I've got a life insurance policy that will take care of my family if disaster strikes. The disease has struck the whole community, sometimes wiping out whole families. They predict that a large earthquake will strike the east coast before the end of the decade.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing

strike verb (HIT)

B1 [I or T] to hit or attack someone or something forcefully or violently: Her car went out of control and struck an oncoming vehicle. The police have warned the public that the killer could strike again. The autopsy revealed that his murderer had struck him on the head with an iron bar. Have you ever been struck by lightning? My golf was terrible today - I just didn't strike the ball well.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain B1 [I or T] to kick a football, especially hard so that it travels a long distance : Beckham struck the ball with pace and precision. [I or T] When a clock strikes, its bells ring to show what the time is: The clock was striking ten as we went into the church.Watches and clocks [I] When a particular time strikes, a clock's bells ring to tell people what time it is: Midnight had just struck when I went upstairs to bed.Watches and clocks C2 [T] If you strike a match, you cause it to burn by rubbing it against a hard rough surface: She struck a match and lit another cigarette. He lent down and struck a match on the sole of his boot.Starting fires

strike verb (REMOVE)

[T usually + adv/prep] formal to remove something officially from a document: Please strike my name from your mailing list immediately. Several unreliable dealers have been struck off our list of authorized suppliers.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere strike camp to take down your tents in preparation for leaving the place where you have been camping: We woke up late and it was ten o'clock before we struck camp.Camping

strike verb (DISCOVER)

C2 [T] to discover a supply of oil, gas, or gold underground: The first person to strike oil in the US was Edwin Laurentine Drake.Mining and quarryingFinding and discovering

strike verb (AGREE)

[T] to reach or make an agreement: Do you think the government should try to strike a deal with the terrorists?Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval

strike verb (FEEL/THINK)

B2 [T] to cause someone to have a feeling or idea about something: Doesn't it strike you as rather odd that he never talks about his family? I was immediately struck by the similarities between the two murders. So how does my proposition strike you? (= What do you think of it?) [+ (that)] It strikes me (that) you'd be better off working for someone else.Affecting and influencing B2 [T] If a thought or idea strikes you, you suddenly think of it: [+ that] It's just struck me that I still owe you for the concert tickets. Sitting at her desk, she was struck by the thought that there had to be something more to life.Thinking and contemplating

strike verb (MOVE BODY)

strike a pose/attitude to move your body into a particular position: She may be 67, but she can still strike a sexy pose. Bainbridge struck the pose of a fearless sea captain.Sitting and standingPosture

strike verb (MAKE COINS)

[T] to make a metal disc-shaped object such as a coin with a machine that quickly presses a picture into a piece of metal: When was the first pound coin struck? A special medal has been struck to celebrate the end of the war.Metals and metalworkingChemical elements


noun [C] uk   /straɪk/ us  

strike noun [C] (STOP WORK)

B2 a period of time when workers refuse to work because of an argument with an employer about working conditions, pay levels, or job losses: After last year's long and bitter strike, few people want further industrial action. Most of the workers have ignored their union's call for strike action. Some miners were calling for a nationwide strike in support of 20 colleagues who'd been fired. They have voted to stage lightning (= sudden and short) strikes in pursuit of their demands. We've voted to stage a series of one-day strikes. A wave of strikes swept the country. The result of the strike ballot will be known tomorrow morning.Industrial action on strike (UK also out on strike) taking part in a strike: The city's bus drivers have been on strike for three weeks.Industrial action go on strike to start to strike: All 2,500 employees went on strike in protest at the decision to close the factory.Industrial action

strike noun [C] (HIT)

a sudden and powerful hit or attack: Lightning conductors protect buildings and tall structures from lightning strikes.
See also
Hitting against objects accidentally and colliding
a hard kick of a football, especially one that makes it travel a long distance: Garner scored with a 30 -yard strike in the 89th minute. a sudden, short military attack, especially one by aircraft or missiles: The United Nations has authorized the use of air strikes. The violence is unlikely to stop without military strikes against terrorist bases. Would you support a nuclear strike to bring an end to a war? We have no intention of launching a pre-emptive strike, but we will retaliate if provoked.Attacking and invading

strike noun [C] (DISCOVERY)

the discovery underground of a valuable substance: The population and settlement of Colorado expanded after the gold strike of 1858.Mining and quarryingFinding and discovering

strike noun [C] (FAILURE)

(in baseball) a ball that has been thrown by the pitcher and not been hit successfully when it should have been: A batter is out after three strikes.Baseball and roundersGeneral terms used in ball sports US a failure, mistake, or disadvantage: California's "three strikes and you're out" bill means that from now on criminals found guilty of three crimes are jailed for life. One strike against him as a candidate is his perceived lack of charisma.FailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievementFaults and mistakes
(Definition of strike from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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