To strike at

To strike at
Strike Strike, v. i. To move; to advance; to proceed; to take a course; as, to strike into the fields. [1913 Webster]

A mouse . . . struck forth sternly [bodily]. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

2. To deliver a quick blow or thrust; to give blows. [1913 Webster]

And fiercely took his trenchant blade in hand, With which he stroke so furious and so fell. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Strike now, or else the iron cools. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To hit; to collide; to dush; to clash; as, a hammer strikes against the bell of a clock. [1913 Webster]

4. To sound by percussion, with blows, or as with blows; to be struck; as, the clock strikes. [1913 Webster]

A deep sound strikes like a rising knell. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

5. To make an attack; to aim a blow. [1913 Webster]

A puny subject strikes At thy great glory. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Struck for throne, and striking found his doom. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

6. To touch; to act by appulse. [1913 Webster]

Hinder light but from striking on it [porphyry], and its colors vanish. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

7. To run upon a rock or bank; to be stranded; as, the ship struck in the night. [1913 Webster]

8. To pass with a quick or strong effect; to dart; to penetrate. [1913 Webster]

Till a dart strike through his liver. --Prov. vii. 23. [1913 Webster]

Now and then a glittering beam of wit or passion strikes through the obscurity of the poem. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

9. To break forth; to commence suddenly; -- with into; as, to strike into reputation; to strike into a run. [1913 Webster]

10. To lower a flag, or colors, in token of respect, or to signify a surrender of a ship to an enemy. [1913 Webster]

That the English ships of war should not strike in the Danish seas. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

11. To quit work in order to compel an increase, or prevent a reduction, of wages. [1913 Webster]

12. To become attached to something; -- said of the spat of oysters. [1913 Webster]

13. To steal money. [Old Slang, Eng.] --Nares. [1913 Webster]

{To strike at}, to aim a blow at.

{To strike for}, to start suddenly on a course for.

{To strike home}, to give a blow which reaches its object, to strike with effect.

{To strike in}. (a) To enter suddenly. (b) To disappear from the surface, with internal effects, as an eruptive disease. (c) To come in suddenly; to interpose; to interrupt. ``I proposed the embassy of Constantinople for Mr. Henshaw, but my Lord Winchelsea struck in.'' --Evelyn. (d) To join in after another has begun,as in singing.

{To strike in with}, to conform to; to suit itself to; to side with, to join with at once. ``To assert this is to strike in with the known enemies of God's grace.'' --South.

{To strike out}. (a) To start; to wander; to make a sudden excursion; as, to strike out into an irregular course of life. (b) To strike with full force. (c) (Baseball) To be put out for not hitting the ball during one's turn at the bat.

{To strike up}, to commence to play as a musician; to begin to sound, as an instrument. ``Whilst any trump did sound, or drum struck up.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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