Synonyms of 'strike'
a stopping of work, as a protest against working conditions, low pay, etc.a call for a strike
a military attack, esp. an air attack on a target on land or at seaa nuclear strike
(of employees) to stop work collectively as a protest against working conditions, low pay, etc.their recognition of the worker's right to strike
to hit (someone)She took two steps forward and struck him across the mouth.
hit, , ,
She hit him hard across his left arm.
He pounded the table with his fist.
They slapped my face and boxed my ears.
After punching him on the chin, she hit him over the head.
Hammer a wooden peg into the hole.
My yoga instructor turned up and slapped me on the shoulder.
chin (slang), ,
The officer clouted him on the head.
He cuffed the child across the head.
She swiped at him as though he were a fly.
clobber (slang), ,
She clobbered him with a vase.
She walloped me over the head with a cushion.
lay a finger on (informal),
lay one on (slang),
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
He struck the ball straight into the hospitality tents.
to cause (something) to come into sudden or violent contact with somethingThe car skidded and struck a wall.
to cause (something) to come into sudden or violent contact with somethingHe fell and struck his head on the stone floor.
to afflict (someone) with a diseaseHe was suddenly struck with a sense of loss.
The big cities have been hit by a wave of panic-buying.
the earthquake which hit northern Peru
a guilt that in some way touches everyone
If word of this gets out, it will devastate his family.
He was overwhelmed by a longing for times past.
leave a mark on,
make an impact or impression on
The robbers may well strike again.
This issue strikes at the very foundation of our community.
to enter the mind ofAt this point, it suddenly struck me that I was wasting my time.
to affect (someone) deeply in a particular wayHe struck me as a very serious but friendly person.
to affect (someone) deeply in a particular wayShe was struck by his simple, spellbinding eloquence.
These stories surprised and moved me.
It has touched me deeply to see how these people live.
What impressed him most was their speed.
He loved his sister, and her loss clearly still affects him.
I don't know what to say! I'm quite overcome.
stir, , ,
I was intrigued by him, stirred by his intellect.
make an impact on
to reach (something) by agreementHe insists he has struck no bargains for their release.
You have to strike a balance between sleep and homework.
to take up (a posture or an attitude)She struck a pose, one hand on her hip.
to change into (a different state)For this revelation he was struck blind by the goddess Hera.
(of a clock) to indicate (a time) by the sound of a bellThe clock struck nine.
(formal) Strike that from the minutes.
He deleted files from the computer system.
They intend to remove up to 100 offensive words.
They are desperate to erase the memory of their defeat.
Wes was in the yard pulling weeds when we drove up.
The Act has not eliminated discrimination in employment.
He extracted a small notebook from his pocket.
get rid of, ,
The experience was something he had tried to expunge from his memory.
take away or off or out
to cause (a match) to light by frictionShe struck a match and held it to the crumpled newspaper in the grate.
to discover a source of (gold, oil, etc.)He realized he had just struck oil.
The suitcase was discovered on a roadside outside the city.
The police also found a pistol.
come upon or across, , , ,
Auditors said they had uncovered evidence of fraud.
unearth, , ,
No evidence has yet been unearthed.
happen or chance upon,
stumble upon or across, ,
See strike back
See strike out
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in the sense of adopt
Pupils should be helped to adopt a positive approach.
in the sense of assail
to attack violentlyHe was assailed by a young man.
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