logo
Writing Improvement Software

strike Idioms & Phrases


awe-struck

Awe"-struck` adjective
Definitions
  1. Struck with awe. Milton.
Webster 1913

first strike

  • noun the initial use of nuclear weapons to attack a country that also has nuclear weapons; considered feasible only when the attacker can destroy the other country's ability to retaliate
    • the Pakistani president promised no first strike against India
WordNet

Foul strike

  • (Baseball), a strike by the batsman when any part of his person is outside of the lines of his position.
Webster 1913

horror-struck

  • adjective satellite stricken with horror
    horrified; horror-stricken.
WordNet
Hor"ror-struck` adjective
Definitions
  1. Horror-stricken; horrified. M. Arnold.
Webster 1913

hunger strike

  • noun a voluntary fast undertaken as a means of protest
WordNet

panic-struck

  • adjective satellite thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation
    panicked; panicky; terrified; frightened; panic-stricken.
    • became panicky as the snow deepened
    • felt panicked before each exam
    • trying to keep back the panic-stricken crowd
    • the terrified horse bolted
WordNet
Pan"ic-strick`en, Pan"ic-struck` adjective (Also<
  • Panic-stricken
  • Panic-struck
)
Definitions
  1. Struck with a panic, or sudden fear. Burke.
Webster 1913

pre-emptive strike

  • noun a surprise attack that is launched in order to prevent the enemy from doing it to you
WordNet

preventive strike

  • noun a strike that is carried out in order to deter expected aggression by hostile forces
    preventive attack.
WordNet

sit-down strike

  • noun a strike in which workers refuse to leave the workplace until a settlement is reached
    sit-down.
WordNet

stage-struck

  • adjective satellite infatuated with or enthralled by the theater especially the desire to act
WordNet
Stage"-struck` adjective
Definitions
  1. Fascinated by the stage; seized by a passionate desire to become an actor.
Webster 1913

strike a blow

  • verb affect adversely
    • The court ruling struck a blow at the old segregation laws
WordNet

strike a chord

  • verb create an emotional response
    • The music struck a chord with the listeners
  • verb refer to or be relevant or familiar to
    strike a note; hit home; strike a chord.
    • I hope this message hits home!
  • verb evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
    touch a chord.
    • this writer strikes a chord with young women
    • The storyteller touched a chord
WordNet

strike a note

  • verb refer to or be relevant or familiar to
    strike a note; hit home; strike a chord.
    • I hope this message hits home!
WordNet

strike back

  • verb make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil
    retaliate.
    • The Empire strikes back
    • The Giants struck back and won the opener
    • The Israeli army retaliated for the Hamas bombing
WordNet

Strike block

  • (Carp.), a plane shorter than a jointer, used for fitting a short joint. Moxon.
Webster 1913

strike down

  • verb declare null and void; make ineffective
    cancel.
    • Cancel the election results
    • strike down a law
  • verb cause to die, especially suddenly
    • The disease struck down many young men in the village
  • verb cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
    drop; fell; cut down.
    • strike down a tree
    • Lightning struck down the hikers
WordNet

strike dumb

  • verb render speechless, as by surprising or shocking
    • we were struck dumb by the candidate's announcement
WordNet

strike hard

  • verb deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"
    knock.
WordNet

strike home

  • verb refer to or be relevant or familiar to
    strike a note; hit home; strike a chord.
    • I hope this message hits home!
WordNet

strike leader

  • noun someone who leads a strike
WordNet

Strike of flax

  • a handful that may be hackled at once. Obs. or Prov. Eng. Chaucer.
Webster 1913

Strike of sugar

  • . (Sugar Making) (a) The act of emptying the teache, or last boiler, in which the cane juice is exposed to heat, into the coolers . (b) The quantity of the sirup thus emptied at once.
Webster 1913

strike off

  • verb remove from a list
    mark; cross out; strike off; cross off.
    • Cross the name of the dead person off the list
WordNet

strike out

  • verb remove from a list
    mark; cross out; strike off; cross off.
    • Cross the name of the dead person off the list
  • verb put out or be put out by a strikeout
    • Oral struck out three batters to close the inning
  • verb be unsuccessful in an endeavor
    • The candidate struck out with his health care plan
  • verb make a motion as with one's fist or foot towards an object or away from one's body
  • verb cause to get out
    retire.
    • The pitcher retired three batters
    • the runner was put out at third base
  • verb set out on a course of action
    • He struck out on his own
WordNet

strike pay

  • noun money paid to strikers from union funds
WordNet

strike up

  • verb start playing
    sound off.
    • The musicians struck up a tune
  • verb begin
    • strike up a conversation
    • strike up a friendship
WordNet

strike zone

  • noun (baseball) the area over home plate between a batter's knees and shoulders through which a pitch must pass in order to be called a strike
WordNet

strike-slip fault

  • noun a geological fault in which one of the adjacent surfaces appears to have moved horizontally
WordNet

sun-struck

Sun"-struck` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Med.) Overcome by, or affected with, sunstroke; as, sun-struck soldiers.
Webster 1913

surgical strike

  • noun an attack (usually without prior warning) intended to deal only with a specific target
WordNet

sympathetic strike

  • noun a strike in support of other workers who are on strike; a strike not resulting from direct grievances against the workers' employer
    sympathetic strike.
WordNet

sympathy strike

  • noun a strike in support of other workers who are on strike; a strike not resulting from direct grievances against the workers' employer
    sympathetic strike.
WordNet

ten-strike

  • noun a score in tenpins: knocking down all ten with the first ball
    strike.
    • he finished with three strikes in the tenth frame
WordNet
Ten"-strike` noun
Definitions
  1. (Tenpins) A knocking down of all ten pins at one delivery of the ball also, strike. U. S.
  2. Any quick, decisive stroke or act. Colloq. U.S.
Webster 1913

terror-struck

  • adjective satellite struck or filled with terror
    terror-stricken.
WordNet

To strike a balance

  • to find out the difference between the debit and credit sides of an account.
Webster 1913

To strike a bargain

  • to reach or ratify an agreement. "A bargain was struck." Macaulay.
Webster 1913

To strike a jury

  • (Law), to constitute a special jury ordered by a court, by each party striking out a certain number of names from a prepared list of jurors, so as to reduce it to the number of persons required by law. Burrill.
Webster 1913

To strike a lead

  • . (a) (Mining) To find a vein of ore. (b) Fig.: To find a way to fortune. Colloq.
Webster 1913

To strike a ledger, ∨ an account

  • to balance it.
Webster 1913

To strike an attitude

  • to take an attitude for mere effect.
Webster 1913

To strike an attitude, To strike a balance

  • . See under Attitude, and Balance.
Webster 1913

To strike at

  • to aim a blow at.
Webster 1913

To strike camp

  • to take down the tents or huts of a camp.
Webster 1913

To strike dumb

  • to confound; to astonish; to render silent by astonishment; or, it may be, to deprive of the power of speech.
Webster 1913

To strike for

  • to start suddenly on a course for.
Webster 1913

To strike hands

  • to make a contract, or to become surety for another's debt or good behavior.
Webster 1913

To strike hands with

  • . (a) To shake hands with . Halliwell. (b) To make a compact or agreement with; to agree with.
Webster 1913

To strike home

  • to give a blow which reaches its object, to strike with effect.
Webster 1913

To strike in

  • . (a) To enter suddenly . (b) To disappear from the surface, with internal effects, as an eruptive disease . (c) To come in suddenly; to interpose; to interrupt . "I proposed the embassy of Constantinople for Mr. Henshaw, but my Lord Winchelsea struck in." Evelyn. (d) To join in after another has begun,as in singing.
Webster 1913

To strike in with

  • to conform to; to suit itself to; to side with, to join with at once. "To assert this is to strike in with the known enemies of God's grace." South.
Webster 1913

To strike off

  • . (a) To erase from an account; to deduct; as, to strike off the interest of a debt . (b) (Print.) To impress; to print; as, to strike off a thousand copies of a book . = to run off? [copies] (c) To separate by a blow or any sudden action; as, to strike off what is superfluous or corrupt.
Webster 1913

To strike oil

  • to find petroleum when boring for it; figuratively, to make a lucky hit financially. Slang, U.S.
Webster 1913

To strike one luck

  • to shake hands with one and wish good luck. Obs. Beau. & Fl.
Webster 1913

To strike out

  • . (a) To start; to wander; to make a sudden excursion; as, to strike out into an irregular course of life . (b) To strike with full force . (c) (Baseball) To be put out for not hitting the ball during one's turn at the bat.
  • . (a) To produce by collision; to force out, as, to strike out sparks with steel. (b) To blot out; to efface; to erase . "To methodize is as necessary as to strike out." Pope. (c) To form by a quick effort; to devise; to invent; to contrive, as, to strike out a new plan of finance. (d) (Baseball) To cause a player to strike out; said of the pitcher . See To strike out, under Strike, v. i.
Webster 1913

To strike root, To take root

  • to send forth roots; to become fixed in the earth, etc., by a root; hence, in general, to become planted, fixed, or established; to increase and spread; as, an opinion takes root. "The bended twigs take root." Milton.
Webster 1913

To strike sail

  • (Naut.), to lower the sails suddenly, as in saluting, or in sudden gusts of wind; hence, to acknowledge inferiority; to abate pretension.
Webster 1913

To strike tallies

  • to act in correspondence, or alike. Obs. Fuller.
Webster 1913

To strike up

  • to commence to play as a musician; to begin to sound, as an instrument. "Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up." Shak.
  • . (a) To cause to sound; to begin to beat . "Strike up the drums." Shak. (b) To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune. (c) To raise (as sheet metal), in making diahes, pans, etc., by blows or pressure in a die.
Webster 1913

To strike work

  • to quit work; to go on a strike.
Webster 1913

wildcat strike

  • noun a strike undertaken by workers without approval from the officials of their union
WordNet

wonder-struck

  • adjective satellite affected by or overcome with wonder
WordNet

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

Writing Improvement Software
Writing Improvement Software