Definition of strike noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary




of workers

1 a period of time when an organized group of employees of a company stops working because of a disagreement over pay or conditionsthe bus drivers' strikea strike by teachersan unofficial/a one-day strikeAir 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 a military attack, especially by aircraft dropping bombsan air strikeThey decided to launch a pre-emptive strike.


3 [usually singular] an act of hitting or kicking something or someoneHis spectacular strike in the second half made the score 2–0. see also bird strike, lightning strike

in baseball

4 an unsuccessful attempt to hit the ball note at baseball

in bowling

5 a situation in tenpin bowling when a player knocks down all the pins with the first ball


6 (especially in football) a perfectly thrown ballHe threw a strike to Davis for a touchdown.

discovery of oil

7 [usually singular] a sudden discovery of something valuable, especially oil

bad thing/action

8 strike (against someone/something) a bad thing or action that damages someone/something's reputationThe amount of fuel that this car uses is a big strike against it.

three strikes and you're out


the three strikes rule

used to describe a law that says that people who commit three crimes will automatically go to prison
origin From baseball, in which a batter who misses the ball three times is out.three strikes and you're out