strike down

Definitions

  • Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204
    Striking Them Down As a Mason Does--2-29-204
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strike down cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow "strike down a tree","Lightning struck down the hikers"
    • v strike down cause to die, especially suddenly "The disease struck down many young men in the village"
    • v strike down declare null and void; make ineffective "Cancel the election results","strike down a law"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Strike down to prostrate by a blow or by illness
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Quotations

  • John Kenneth Galbraith
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    “Man, at least when educated, is a pessimist. He believes it safer not to reflect on his achievements; Jove is known to strike such people down.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strícan; Ger. streichen, to move, to strike.

Usage

In literature:

Not so the rider of the splendid white horse, who dared us to strike him down as he dashed full at us.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
Then I thought we'd dip down to Constance, and strike across the Alps to the Italian Lakes.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, July 25, 1891" by Various
Down in the sea all the dead hands were writhing, and tried to strike him with gaffs astern.
"Weird Tales from Northern Seas" by Jonas Lie
Time was not allowed for its roots to strike down deep into the life of the nation.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783" by A. T. Mahan
A community has no more power to strike down the rights of man by Constitutions, than by any other means.
"The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act" by Lydia Maria Child
Strikes me the poor old Absolute's got to climb down.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
He could not strike her down.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
From that day he sets himself to strike down authority with a success which encourages him to further efforts.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
It strikes the ostrich or catches it by the legs and throws it down.
"Big People and Little People of Other Lands" by Edward R. Shaw
The fire had to be kindled by men; she brought light by striking down darkness.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
These he took, one by one, and deliberately took aim at them, and flung them with great force, striking down every one they hit.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
I'm not quite down to that, I hope, even if I was once too cowardly to strike for her.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
I do not fear there will be as many to strike up as to strike down, and I have a strong notion we may gain the day.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
De porest w'ite trash wudn't strike a man wen he war down.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
The awful angel of death is just ready to strike you down!
"The Hoosier Schoolmaster" by Edward Eggleston
When I strike Adirondacks in print I put down my book and think a while.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
He whose sword has freed a nation Strikes the offered scepter down.
"Washington's Birthday" by Various
I could tell just how it would strike him, seeing David up in a tree, flinging down apples to a girl.
"Atlantic Monthly,Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864" by Various
The avenger strikes down one evil and creates a thousand.
"Wise or Otherwise" by Lydia Leavitt
As he went down the corridor Beroviero heard the sound of spades striking into the earth and shovelling it away.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford
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In poetry:

We came behind him by the wall,
My brethren drew their brands,
And they had strength to strike him down--
And I to bind his hands.
"The Wood-Cutter" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Ope not thy lips, thou foolish one,
Nor turn to me thy face;
The blasts of heaven shall strike thee down
Ere I will give thee grace.
"Love and Hate" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
I felt the wind strike chill and cold
And vapours rise from the red-brown mould;
I felt the spell that held my breath
Bending me down to a living death.
"Fragment of a Ballad" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
And now the mask is down, and forth you stand
Known for a King whose word is no great matter,
A traitor proved, for every honest hand
To strike and shatter.
"Dies Irae " by Sir Owen Seaman
Oh, not as clouds dim laws have plann'd
To strike down Good and fight for Ill, --
Oh, not as harps that stand
In the wind and sound the wind's command:
Each artist -- gift of terror! -- owns his will.
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
And twice Bill lifted his hand to strike,
And twice he turned aside,
But his brother's blood it called so loud
It would not be denied,
And down in the dark (like those he slew)
The U-boat captain died.
"The Ballad Of The Dinkinbar" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Supreme Court must strike down all of Obamacare.
MMM > News > Supremes strike down Vermont data law.
Gov Rick Scott says the state is appealing a federal judge's ruling striking down a Florida law that restricted doctors from talking with patients about gun ownership.
Canucks wear down Sharks, strike first with 3-2 Game 1 victory.
7th Circuit strikes down restrictive Illinois gun laws.
Twice the Cardinals were down to their final strike.
A nationwide one-day strike halted air, road and rail transit Tuesday, stranding travelers and commuters and effectively shutting down Buenos Aires.
Federal appeals court strikes down concealed carry ban in Illinois.
Supreme Court strikes down ban on doctor- assisted suicide.
The Chicago Teachers Union announced Monday it has the votes to authorize a strike later this year, if contract negotiations with the district break down.
Hostess shut down its three dozen plants late last week after it said the strike by the bakers union hurt its ability to maintain normal production.
Appeals court strikes down state's concealed-carry ban .
(AP) — About 120 employees of the Billings Sweetheart Bakery have joined a national strike despite being warned the bakery could be shut down if they don't return to work.
Court strikes down Illinois' ban.
Appeals court strikes down state's concealed-carry ban.
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In science:

If the temperature is lowered below Td , a striking break-down of the translational invariance of the correlation function occurs, signalling that the system becomes unable to equilibrate.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Satellites in the very sparsely populated outer halo regions correspond to stellar overdensities that are striking enough for them to be easily spotted, even down to magnitudes of MV ∼ −6.5.
PAndAS' cubs: discovery of two new dwarf galaxies in the surroundings of the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies
We are now ready to describe what is one of Kingman’s coalescent’s most striking features, which is that it comes down from infinity.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
These are reasonably well-collimated rays that strike the ellipse a second time further down the guide system irrespective of the choice in focal points.
Correction of Optical Aberrations in Elliptic Neutron Guides
We have written down what we believe are the full equations of motion for the N electrons , but have not obtained a solution that represents the simple and striking behavior that is observed.
Cavity Control of a Single-Electron Quantum Cyclotron:\\Measuring the Electron Magnetic Moment
Large spikes appearing in the ”No n-linear SASI ” phase come from the down- flowing ”SASI plumes” striking the PNS surface.
Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae
The vertical spectra vary by a large factor from one person to another: male 3700 walks rather smoothly; female 3506 strikes the floor sharply with her heel at heel down.
Human Gravity-Gradient Noise in Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Detectors
Measurements discussed below show that the quadrupolar noise at frequencies f ∼ 10Hz arises primarily from sudden (τ ∼ 0.5/f ∼ 50 msec) changes of the thigh and shank accelerations ∆ak each time the person’s heel strikes the floor (heel down).
Human Gravity-Gradient Noise in Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Detectors
The simplicity of Tate’s theorem is striking: replacing Q/Z by some finite group Z/m of coefficients, the vanishing result breaks down.
Variations on a theorem of Tate
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