strike up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strike up begin "strike up a conversation","strike up a friendship"
    • v strike up start playing "The musicians struck up a tune"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Strike up to begin to beat, sing, or play
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “He's winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

If we can get her up again, we may just strike the dunes.
"Bunch Grass" by Horace Annesley Vachell
As the plains were now dry and parched, we determined to follow up the Strelley to the ranges before striking west to the Yule.
"Journals of Australian Explorations" by A C and F T Gregory
They struck up 'Britons, Strike Home,' and marched on.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
At a sign from his finger, the brass band strikes up the Portuguese hymn.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
Take it up and carry it to the nearest pine tree; strike the trunk with it, and a keyhole will appear.
"De La Salle Fifth Reader" by Brothers of the Christian Schools
The band strikes up a lively air, and the saddling for the next race goes on.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
I owe my lady a turn, too, never you mind what for, and strike me dead but I'll pay it up!
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
But before we cough up the ghost it behooves us to strike one last blow at the hated paleface.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
So striking was his get-up that all paused to look at him.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Aug 15, 1917" by Various
They have men fomenting strikes in the government shipyards and stirring up all kinds of labor troubles.
"The Apartment Next Door" by William Andrew Johnston
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In poetry:

Oh, I have sworn! the hour is nigh:
When it strikes eight, I die, I die.
Raise up the gun — it stings my brow —
When it strikes eight . . . all ready . . . now —
"Death In The Arctic" by Robert W Service
"Swing up the traitor!" Let him die!
Truth, honor and sincerity
Are treason to Virginia's laws,
Are fatal to Virginia's cause,
And he who doth true courage show
Strikes an unpardonable blow.
"Old John Brown" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
LISTEN, young heroes! your country is calling!
Time strikes the hour for the brave and the true!
Now, while the foremost are fighting and falling,
Fill up the ranks that have opened for you!
"Never Or Now" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Think, when our one soul understands
The great Word which makes all things new,
When earth breaks up and heaven expands,
How will the change strike me and you
ln the house not made with hands?
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Bards for my own land, only, I invoke;
(For the war, the war is over—the field is clear'd,)
Till they strike up marches henceforth triumphant and onward,
To cheer, O mother, your boundless, expectant soul.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
Sing on; an if tha e'er should chonce to see
That faithless swain,
Whose falsehood has caused all mi misery,
Strike up thy strain,
An if his heart yet answers to thy trill
Fly back to me, an we will love him still.
"Sing On" by John Hartley

In news:

End of Chicago teachers strike up to union's House of Delegates.
The Morning File / Strike up the band for new parking meters.
Strike Up the Bandwidth.
Missouri Symphony Orchestra members Matt Pierce, left, and David Machavariani discuss their cellos backstage before the " Strike Up the Band" concert began.
Local Lodge 639 has set up a trailer on West Kellogg to serve as strike headquarters.
Rotary and the Chicago Cubs team up to strike out polio.
Steps Up Unilateral Strikes in Pakistan.
Picking up a K Princeton Rays pitcher Daniel Bream strikes out a Kingsport batter to end the fourth inning Thursday night at Hunnicutt Field.
Wandy is apparently not striking up a lot of interest in trade talks this winter.
Taxpayers will be picking up the cost for repairs to the Syracuse area's 911 emergency communications center after it was knocked out by a lightning strike last summer.
Dempsey gave up two hits and walked two while striking out seven over five innings in the Lady Cardinals 11-0 rout over Jessieville BOB MCADORY/Special to the Courier.
The other is to disrupt the economy, producing a financial aftershock that does damage long after the rubble of a terror strike has been cleaned up.
Spain's Iberia workers call off 6 days of strikes in run up to Christmas.
You strike up a conversation with a stranger at the airport and find that you both worked in the same building 20 years ago.
The Nigerian government removed fuel subsidies, which drove up prices and prompted nationwide strikes this week.
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In science:

Our prediction is shown to match strikingly well numerical data up to the vicinity of Tg .
Universal, additive effect of temperature on the rheology of amorphous solids
This expression matches strikingly well our numerical data up to the vicinity of the glass transition temperature Tg .
Universal, additive effect of temperature on the rheology of amorphous solids
The following make up for most of the few but striking known properties of simple bad groups.
A Jordan decomposition for groups of finite Morley rank
Striking, too, is the general silence about the matter, the failure of the scientific community to speak up about it.
Do We Need a Scientific Revolution?
Because both telescopes are tilted up to 60◦ pointing in the same direction, they can be operated in stereoscopic mode, i.e., showers striking an area covered by the telescopes will be seen simultaneously.
Properties and Performance of Two Wide Field of View Cherenkov/Fluorescence Telescope Array Prototypes
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