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

 

strike at

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    strike at somebody/something

     
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  1. 1to try to hit someone or something, especially with a weapon He struck at me repeatedly with a stick.
  2. 2to cause damage or have a serious effect on someone or something to strike at the root of the problem criticisms that strike at the heart of the party's policies
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