1. phrasal verb If you strike out, you begin to do something different, often because you want to become more independent. [V P] ⇒ She wanted me to strike out on my own, buy a business. [V P] ⇒ ...a desire to make changes and to strike out in new directions. 2. phrasal verb If you strike out at someone, you hit, attack, or speak angrily to them. [V P + at] ⇒ He seemed always ready to strike out at anyone and for any cause. [V P] ⇒ Frampton struck out blindly, hitting not Waddington, but an elderly man. 3. phrasal verb If you strike out in a particular direction, you start travelling in that direction. [literary] set out [V P prep/adv] ⇒ They left the car and struck out along the muddy track. [V P prep/adv] ⇒ He was planning to dump her and strike out for New York alone. 4. ergative phrasal verb In baseball, if a pitcher strikes out a batter or if a batter strikes out, the batter fails to hit three balls thrown properly by the pitcher, and is out. [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ He struck out ten batters, and allowed only two runs. [V P] ⇒ Canseco, nursing a back injury, struck out. 5. phrasal verb → strike
If someone strikes out, they fail. [US, informal] [V P] ⇒ The lawyer admitted that he was the firm's second lawyer. The first one had struck out completely.
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