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strikeverb

 us   /strɑɪk/ (past tense and past participle struck  /strʌk/ )

strike verb (HIT)

[I/T] to ​hit or ​physicallyattack someone or something: [T] A ​car struck the man ​trying to cross a ​majorhighway. [T] She was struck in the back of the ​head by a ​ball that was ​thrownacross the ​field. [I/T] If you strike a ​match, you ​cause it to ​burn by ​rubbing it against a ​roughsurface.

strike verb (CAUSE HARM)

[I/T] (past participle stricken  /ˈstrɪk·ən/ ) to ​bringsuddenharm, ​damage, or ​injury to a ​person or thing: [T] It was a ​disease that struck ​mainlyyoungpeople. [I] Many ​publichealthofficialsfear that a ​similarfluvirus will one ​day strike again. [T] He was stricken with ​polio at the ​age of 13 and ​lost the use of his ​legs.

strike verb (STOP WORK)

social studies [I/T] to ​refuse to ​continueworking because ​workers or ​their labor union (= employees’ ​organization) cannot come to an ​agreement with an ​employer over ​pay or other ​conditions of the ​job: [I] Flight ​attendants are ​threatening to strike to get more ​flexibleschedules.

strike verb (CAUSE AN IDEA)

[T] to ​cause someone to have a ​feeling or ​idea about something: From what you’ve said, it strikes me that you would be ​better off ​working for someone ​else. I was struck by her ​sincerity. [T] To strike also ​means to ​suddenlycause someone to ​think of something: I was ​immediately struck by the similarities in ​theirappearance.

strike verb (DISCOVER)

[T] to ​discover something such as ​oil, ​gas, ​gold, etc., ​underground at a ​particularplace: to strike ​gold/​oil

strike verb (AGREE)

[T] to ​agree to or ​achieve a ​solution: My ​children and I have struck a ​deal – they can ​play any ​kind of ​music they ​want as ​long as I don’t ​hear it. [T] If you strike a ​balance between two things, you ​try to give an ​equalamount of ​attention or ​importance to each: It’s a ​question of striking the ​rightbalance between ​quality and ​productivity.

strike verb (SHOW THE TIME)

[I/T] (esp. of a ​clock) to make a ​sound or a ​series of ​sounds that show the ​time: [T] The ​clock struck ​midnight.

strikenoun

 us   /strɑɪk/

strike noun (HIT)

[C] a ​briefmilitaryattack: air/​military strikes

strike noun (REFUSAL TO WORK)

[C/U] a ​period of ​time when ​workersrefuse to ​continueworking because they cannot come to an ​agreement with an ​employer: [U] If the ​teachers go on strike again and ​close the ​schools down, I don’t ​know what I’ll do with the ​kids.
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strikeverb

uk   us   /straɪk/ (struck, struck)

strike verb (STOP WORK)

B2 [I] to ​refuse to ​continueworking because of an ​argument with an ​employer about ​workingconditions, ​paylevels, or ​joblosses: Democratization has ​broughtworkers the ​right to strike and ​join a ​tradeunion. We're striking forbetterpay and ​improvedsafetystandards.
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strike verb (CAUSE SUFFERING)

C2 [I or T] to ​cause a ​person or ​place to ​sufferseverely from the ​effects of something very ​unpleasant that ​happenssuddenly: I have a ​lifeinsurancepolicy that will take ​care of my ​family if disaster strikes. The ​disease has struck the ​wholecommunity, sometimes ​wiping out ​wholefamilies. They ​predict that a ​large earthquake will strike the ​westcoast before the end of the ​decade.
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strike verb (HIT)

B1 [I or T] to ​hit or ​attack someone or something ​forcefully or ​violently: Her ​car went out of ​control and struck an ​oncomingvehicle. The ​police have ​warned the ​public that the ​killer could strike again. The ​autopsyrevealed that his ​murderer had struck him on the ​head with an ​ironbar. Have you ​ever been struck bylightning? My ​golf was ​terrible today - I just didn't strike the ​ball well.B1 [I or T] to ​kick a ​football, ​especially hard so that it ​travels a ​longdistance : Beckham struck the ​ball with ​precision. [I or T] When a ​clock strikes, ​itsbellsring to show what the ​time is: The ​clock was striking ten as we went into the ​church. [I] When a ​particulartime strikes, a clock's ​bellsring to ​tellpeople what ​time it is: Midnight had just struck when I went ​upstairs to ​bed.C2 [T] If you strike a ​match, you ​cause it to ​burn by ​rubbing it against a hard ​roughsurface: She struck a ​match and ​lit another ​cigarette. He ​bent and struck a ​match on the ​sole of his ​boot.

strike verb (REMOVE)

[T usually + adv/prep] formal to ​remove something ​officially from a ​document: Please strike my ​name fromyourmailinglistimmediately. Several ​unreliabledealers have been struck offourlist of ​authorizedsuppliers.strike camp to take down ​yourtents in ​preparation for ​leaving the ​place where you have been camping: We ​woke up late and it was ten o'clock before we struck ​camp.

strike verb (DISCOVER)

C2 [T] to ​discover a ​supply of ​oil, ​gas, or ​goldunderground: The first ​person to strike oil in the US was Edwin Laurentine Drake.

strike verb (AGREE)

[T] to ​reach or make an ​agreement: Do you ​think the ​government should ​try to strike a deal with the ​terrorists?

strike verb (FEEL/THINK)

B2 [T] to ​cause someone to have a ​feeling or ​idea about something: Doesn't it strike you asodd that he never ​talks about his ​family? I was ​immediately struck by the ​similarities between the two ​murders. So how does my ​proposition strike you? (= What do you ​think of it?) [+ (that)] It strikes me (that) you'd be ​better off ​working for someone ​else.B2 [T] If a ​thought or ​idea strikes you, you ​suddenlythink of it: [+ that] It's just struck me that I still ​owe you for the ​concerttickets. Sitting at her ​desk, she was struck by the ​thought that there had to be something more to ​life.

strike verb (MOVE BODY)

strike a pose/attitude to ​moveyourbody into a ​particularposition: She may be 67, but she can still strike a ​sexypose. Bainbridge struck the ​pose of a ​fearlessseacaptain.

strike verb (MAKE COINS)

[T] to make a ​metal disc-shaped ​object such as a ​coin with a ​machine that ​quicklypresses a ​picture into a ​piece of ​metal: When was the first ​pound coin struck? A ​specialmedal has been struck to ​celebrate the end of the ​war.

strikenoun [C]

uk   us   /straɪk/

strike noun [C] (STOP WORK)

B2 a ​period of ​time when ​workersrefuse to ​work because of an ​argument with an ​employer about ​workingconditions, ​paylevels, or ​joblosses: After last year's ​long and ​bitter strike, few ​peoplewant more ​industrialaction. They had to ​play three ​games with ​replacementplayers after the NFL Players Association called a strike. Some ​miners were calling for a ​nationwide strike. They have ​voted to ​stage lightning (= ​sudden and ​short) strikes in ​pursuit of ​theirdemands. We've ​voted to stage a ​series of one-day strikes. A wave of strikes ​swept the ​country. Union ​leadersthreatened strike action over the ​changes. The ​result of the strike ballot will be ​knowntomorrowmorning.on strike (UK also out on strike) taking ​part in a strike: The city's ​busdrivers have been on strike for three ​weeks.go on strike to ​start to strike: All 2,500 ​employees went on strike in ​protest at the ​decision to ​close the ​factory.
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strike noun [C] (HIT)

a ​sudden and ​powerfulhit or ​attack: Lightning ​conductorsprotectbuildings and ​tallstructures from lightning strikes.
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a hard ​kick of a ​football, ​especially one that makes it ​travel a ​longdistance: Garner ​scored with a 30 -​yard strike in the 89th ​minute. a ​sudden, ​shortmilitaryattack, ​especially one by ​aircraft or missiles: The United Nations has ​authorized the use of air strikes. The ​violence is ​unlikely to ​stop without military strikes againstterroristbases. Would you ​support a nuclear strike to ​bring an end to a ​war? We have no ​intention of launching a pre-emptive strike, but we will ​retaliate if ​provoked.
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strike noun [C] (DISCOVERY)

the ​discoveryunderground of a ​valuablesubstance: The ​population and ​settlement of Colorado ​expanded after the gold strike of 1858.

strike noun [C] (FAILURE)

(in ​baseball) a ​ball that has been ​thrown by the pitcher and not been ​hitsuccessfully when it should have been: A ​batter is out after three strikes. US a ​failure, ​mistake, or ​disadvantage: California's "three strikes and you're out" ​billmeans that from now on ​criminalsfoundguilty of three crimes are ​jailed for ​life. One strike against him as a ​candidate is his ​perceivedlack of ​charisma.
(Definition of strike from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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strikenoun [C]

uk   us   /straɪk/ HR, WORKPLACE
a ​period of ​time when a ​group of ​workersrefuse to ​work because they are not satisfied with their ​pay, ​workingconditions, etc.: In a ​statement, the ​union said there were no ​plans for a strike. a postal/​railworkers'/​miners' strike a 24-hour/2-day, etc. strikecall for/call off/avoid a strike Managers ​sought to ​avoid a strike by cabin ​crew over ​sickleaverules.a strike by sb Fresh ​moves to ​stop more strikes by ​councilworkers will be made this week.a strike against sth 20% of the ​workforce has ​joined a strike against the ​privatizationplans announced yesterday.a strike begins/ends/goes ahead The strike will begin at 6 a.m. ​Oct. 31 and end 24 ​hours later.
be on strike if a ​group of ​workers are on strike, they ​refuse to ​work because they are not satisfied with their ​pay, ​workingconditions, etc.: Refuse ​collectors are on strike and rubbish is now piling up across the ​region.
go (out) on strike (also come/walk out on strike) if a ​group of ​workers go on strike, they ​stopworking because they are not satisfied with their ​pay, ​workingconditions, etc.: Around 160 ​staff are ​due to go on strike next week in a row over ​pay.
call/take/lead sb out on strike if a ​tradeunion or ​officialorganizationcalls, ​takes, or ​leads a ​group of ​workers out on strike, it announces that they are ​stoppingworking because they are not satisfied with their ​pay, ​workingconditions, etc.: The Police Federation has ​refused to take its ​members out on strike.

strikeverb

uk   us   /straɪk/ (struck, struck)
[I] HR, WORKPLACE if a ​group of ​workers strike, they ​refuse to ​work because they are not satisfied with their ​pay, ​workingconditions, etc.: Under ​currentlegislation, ​police and prison ​officers are not ​allowed to strike.
strike a deal/agreement (with sb/sth) [T] to ​agree to do ​business with another ​person or ​company: Takeover ​money has been ​deposited in a ​bankaccount, in ​expectation of striking a ​deal before tomorrow. The ​mediagroup yesterday ​released the details of an ​agreement that it had struck with dissident ​investorsconcerning the forthcoming ​shareholdervote.
strike a balance (between sth and sth) [T] to ​find a way to satisfy two ​opposingdemands or ​needs: We have ​recruited younger ​members to the ​board in an ​effort to strike a ​balance between popular ​appeal and ​innovative experimentation.
strike gold [T] informal to do something that makes you very ​successful or ​rich, especially in a way that is unexpected: After a ​slowstart, the carmaker ​finally struck ​gold in the US.
strike oil/gold [T] NATURAL RESOURCES to ​findoil or ​gold under the surface of the earth: The ​company announced it had struck ​oil at one of its ​wells in Siberia.
(Definition of strike from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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