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Definition of strike up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

strike up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

strike up (with something)

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strike up something

 
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(of a band, an orchestra, etc.) to begin to play a piece of music The orchestra struck up and the curtain rose. The band struck up a waltz.

strike up something (with somebody)

 
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to begin a friendship, a relationship, a conversation, etc. He would often strike up conversations with complete strangers.
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