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

 

strike out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to start being independent I knew it was time I struck out on my own.
  2. 2 (informal) to fail or be unsuccessful The movie struck out and didn't win a single Oscar.

    strike out (at somebody/something)

     
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  1. 1to aim a sudden violent blow at someone or something He lost his temper and struck out wildly.
  2. 2to criticize someone or something, especially in a public speech or in a book or newspaper In a recent article she strikes out at her critics.

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strike somebodyout

 
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(in baseball) to fail to hit the ball three times and therefore not be allowed to continue hitting; to make someone do this related noun strikeout

strike out (for/toward something)

 
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to move in a determined way (toward something) He struck out (= started swimming) toward the shore.
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