American English

Definition of strike noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of workers
  1. 1a period of time when an organized group of employees of a company stops working because of a disagreement over pay or conditions the bus drivers' strike a strike by teachers an unofficial/a one-day strike Air traffic controllers are threatening to go on strike. Half the workforce is now (out) on strike. The train drivers have voted to take strike action. The student union has called for a rent strike (= a refusal to pay rent as a protest). see also general strike, hunger strike
  2. attack
  3. 2a military attack, especially by aircraft dropping bombs an air strike They decided to launch a pre-emptive strike.
  4. hitting/kicking
  5. 3[usually singular] an act of hitting or kicking something or someone His spectacular strike in the second half made the score 2–0. see also bird strike, lightning strike
  6. in baseball
  7. 4an unsuccessful attempt to hit the ball note at baseball
  8. in bowling
  9. 5a situation in tenpin bowling when a player knocks down all the pins with the first ball
  10. throw
  11. 6(especially in football) a perfectly thrown ball He threw a strike to Davis for a touchdown.
  12. discovery of oil
  13. 7[usually singular] a sudden discovery of something valuable, especially oil
  14. bad thing/action
  15. 8strike (against somebody/something) a bad thing or action that damages someone/something's reputation The amount of fuel that this car uses is a big strike against it.
  16. Idioms
    three strikes and you're out, the three strikes rule
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    used to describe a law that says that people who commit three crimes will automatically go to prison From baseball, in which a batter who misses the ball three times is out.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: strike