English definition of “strike”
/straɪk/ verb (past tense and past participle struck)
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 also strike a chord (with sb) → See also be struck dumb