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English definition of “strike”

strike

noun [C] (FAILURE)    /straɪk/
(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 noun (FAILURE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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