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strike out

phrasal verb with strike  us   /strɑɪk/ verb (past tense and past participle struck  /strʌk/ )
  • (BEGIN)

to ​begin a new and ​independentactivity: I ​needed to strike out on my own. Next ​year I’m hoping to strike out and ​find a ​job where I could make some ​money.

strike out

phrasal verb with strike  us   /strɑɪk/ verb (past tense and past participle struck  /strʌk/ )
  • (FAIL)

to ​try without ​success; ​fail: "How did you do at the ​auction?" "We really ​struck out – there wasn’t anything ​worth getting."
(Definition of strike out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"strike out" in Business English

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strike out

phrasal verb with strike uk   us   /straɪk/ verb (struck, struck)
[I] to begin a new ​career or ​activity, usually on your own: He ​left the ​corporatebankingworld with the ​aim of ​striking out and setting up his own ​business.strike out on your own She ​finallystruck out on her own, setting up a ​newsblog with a friend.
(Definition of strike out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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