/straɪk/verb(past tense and past participlestruck)
HIT[T]›to hit someone or something: Two climbers were struck by falling rocks.His car went out of control and struck a tree.I've never heard of anyone being struck by lightning.
THINK[T]›If a thought or idea strikes you, you suddenly think of it: [+ (that)]It struck me that I'd forgotten to order the champagne.
strike sb as sth›If someone strikes you as having a particular quality, they seem to have that quality: He didn't strike me as a passionate man.
NOT WORK[I]›to stop working for a period of time because you want more money, etc: Bus drivers are threatening to strike.
EFFECT[T]›If something bad strikes something or someone, it affects them strongly and quickly: The hurricane struck the coast at about eight in the morning.
ATTACK[I]›to attack suddenly: The marines will strike at dawn.
CLOCK[I, T]›If a clock strikes, a bell rings to show what the time is.
strike gold, oil, etc›to find a supply of gold, oil, etc in the ground
strike a match›to light a match in order to produce fire
strike a balance›to give two things the same amount of attention: It's important to strike a balance between spending and saving.
strike a deal›If two people strike a deal, they promise to do something for each other which will give them both an advantage: The book's author has struck a deal with a major film company. → See alsostrike a chord (with sb) → See alsobe struck dumb