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English definition of “strike sb down”

strike sb down

phrasal verb with strike     /straɪk/ verb (struck, struck)
If someone is struck down, they die suddenly or start to suffer from a serious illness: It's a tragedy that these young people were struck down in their prime. He was struck down by polio when he was a teenager.Death and dyingBeing and falling ill
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