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Spanish translation of “strike”

strike

verb /straik/ (past tense struck /strak/, past participles struck, stricken /ˈstrikən/)
to hit, knock or give a blow to
pegar, golpear
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
atacar
The enemy troops struck at dawn We must prevent the disease striking again.
to produce (sparks or a flame) by rubbing
encender
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
hacer huelga
The men decided to strike for higher wages.
to discover or find
encontrar
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
sonar, hacer sonar, tocar
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).
acuñar
to go in a certain direction
seguir (por)
He left the path and struck (off) across the fields.
to lower or take down (tents, flags etc).
desmontar
striker noun a worker who strikes.
huelguista
in football/soccer, a forward player.
delantero
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
adoptar una actitud/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
abatir, fulminar
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.
tener suerte
strike out phrasal verb to erase or cross out (a word etc)
borrar; tachar
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)
trabar, entablar
He struck up an acquaintance with a girl on the train.
(Definition of strike from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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