of workers1 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
attack2 a military attack, especially by aircraft dropping bombsan air strikeThey decided to launch a pre-emptive strike.
hitting/kicking3 [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 baseball4 an unsuccessful attempt to hit the ball note at baseball
in bowling5 a situation in tenpin bowling when a player knocks down all the pins with the first ball
throw6 (especially in football) a perfectly thrown ballHe threw a strike to Davis for a touchdown.
discovery of oil7 [usually singular] a sudden discovery of something valuable, especially oil
bad thing/action8 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.
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the three strikes rule
used to describe a law that says that people who commit three crimes will automatically go to prisonorigin From baseball, in which a batter who misses the ball three times is out.three strikes and you're out