Meaning of “strike up (sth)” in the English Dictionary

"strike up (sth)" in British English

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strike up (sth)

phrasal verb with strike uk /straɪk/ us /straɪk/ verb struck, struck

strike up sth

phrasal verb with strike uk /straɪk/ us /straɪk/ verb struck, struck

to start a relationship or conversation with someone:

He gets really jealous if his girlfriend strikes up a friendship with another man.
It can be difficult to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger.

(Definition of “strike up (sth)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)