Spanish translation of “strike”
strike verb /straik/ (past tense struck /strak/, past participles struck, stricken /ˈstrikən/)
› to hit, knock or give a blow to
He struck me in the face with his fist Why did you strike him? The stone struck me a blow on the side of the head His head struck the table as he fell The tower of the church was struck by lightning. › to attack
The enemy troops struck at dawn We must prevent the disease striking again. › to produce (sparks or a flame) by rubbing
He struck a match/light He struck sparks from the stone with his knife. › (of workers) to stop work as a protest, or in order to force employers to give better pay
The men decided to strike for higher wages. › to discover or find
After months of prospecting they finally struck gold/oil If we walk in this direction, we may strike the right path. › to (make something) sound
He struck a note on the piano/violin The clock struck twelve. › to impress, or give a particular impression to (a person)
parecer, dar la impresión
I was struck by the resemblance between the two men How does the plan strike you? It / The thought struck me that she had come to borrow money. › to mint or manufacture (a coin, medal etc).
› to go in a certain direction
He left the path and struck (off) across the fields. › to lower or take down (tents, flags etc).
striker noun › a worker who strikes.
› in football/soccer, a forward player.
striking adjective › noticeable or impressive
llamativo; impresionante, sorprendente
She is tall and striking She wears striking clothes. strikingly adverb ›
de manera llamativa; de manera impresionante/sorprendente
She is strikingly beautiful. be (out) on strike › (of workers) to be striking
estar en huelga
The electricity workers are (out) on strike. call a strike › (of a trade union leader etc) to ask workers to strike
convocar una huelga
The teachers’ union has called a strike. come out on strike › (of workers) to strike
ponerse en huelga, declarar la huelga
The train drivers have come out on strike. come/be within striking distance of › to come very close to
ponerse/estar a mano, a un paso
He came within striking distance of winning the tournament. strike at phrasal verb › to attempt to strike, or aim a blow at (a person etc)
tratar de pegar/golpear/asestar un golpe (a alguien)
He struck at the dog with his stick. strike an attitude / a pose › to place oneself in a particular usually rather showy pose
She struck a pose for the photograph. strike a balance › to reach a satisfactory middle level of compromise between two undesirable extremes
encontrar un término medio, establecer un equilibrio
We need to strike a balance between the quality and the price of the product. strike a bargain/agreement › to make a bargain; to reach an agreement
hacer/cerrar un trato/acuerdo
The union is hoping to strike a bargain with the government. strike a blow for › to make an effort on behalf of (a cause etc)
luchar por, partirse la espalda por
They’re hoping to strike a blow for women’s rights by persuading the government to change the law. strike down phrasal verb › to hit or knock (a person) down
He was struck down by a car / a terrible disease. strike dumb › to amaze
dejar a uno sin habla, quedarse boquiabierto/pasmado
I was struck dumb at the news. strike fear/terror etc into › to fill (a person) with fear etc
aterrorizar, llenar de miedo
The sound struck terror into them. strike home › (of a blow, insult etc) to reach the place where it will hurt most.
dar donde más duele
strike it rich › to make a lot of money
volverse rico, amasar una fortuna
He struck it rich when he invented a new type of vacuum cleaner. strike lucky › to have good luck in a particular matter.
strike out phrasal verb › to erase or cross out (a word etc)
He read the essay and struck out a word here and there. › to start fighting
arremeter contra, empezar a repartir golpes
He’s a man who strikes out with his fists whenever he’s angry. strike up phrasal verb › to begin to play a tune etc
empezar a tocar
The band struck up (with) ’The Red Flag’. › to begin (a friendship, conversation etc)
He struck up an acquaintance with a girl on the train.