strike

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noun
1 industrial protest
ADJECTIVE
long
short
one-day, two-day, etc.
24-hour, 48-hour, etc.
indefinite (esp. BrE)
crippling, damaging, major
bitter
official (esp. BrE)
illegal, unofficial (esp. BrE)
token (BrE)
lightning (BrE), wildcat

a series of wildcat strikes in parts of the coal industry

all-out (esp. BrE), general, mass (esp. BrE), national, nationwide

A general strike brought the country to a standstill.

hunger
sit-down
political
sympathy

The shipyard voted to launch a sympathy strike in support of the machinists.

pay (BrE), rent
dock, miners', postal (BrE), train (BrE), transit (AmE), tube (BrE), etc.

The New York transit strike is in its second day.

… OF STRIKES
series, wave
VERB + STRIKE
be on
come out on (esp. BrE), go on, go out on, join, take part in (esp. BrE)
call, organize, stage

The union leaders called a strike.

call sb out on

He called all the workers out on strike.

ballot for, vote for (both esp. BrE)

Both unions have pledged to ballot for strike action unless hours are cut.

avert, prevent
threaten

More train strikes are threatened.

begin, start
call off, end
break, crush

The army was used to help break the strike.

settle
ban

The new government banned strikes.

STRIKE + VERB
occur, take place
start
end
last
spread

The strike soon spread to other cities.

paralyse/paralyze sth

The strike paralysed/paralyzed the port.

STRIKE + NOUN
action

Prison officers are threatening to take strike action.

threat
ballot (esp. BrE)
leader
breaker (usually strike-breaker)
committee, movement
PREPOSITION
during a/the strike

There was a continual police presence during the strike.

strike against

a strike against poor conditions

strike by

a strike by air traffic controllers

strike for

a strike for a ten-hour day

strike in protest at (BrE)

a strike in protest at the government's economic policies

strike in support of

Miners staged a one-day strike in support of the steel workers.

strike over

a strike over pay

PHRASES
a ballot for a strike (esp. BrE), a ballot for strike action
the threat of strikes
2 sudden military attack
ADJECTIVE
air, missile, nuclear
military, terrorist
lightning, quick
pre-emptive
retaliatory
precision, surgical
massive
VERB + STRIKE
carry out, launch, make
STRIKE + NOUN
force
aircraft
PREPOSITION
in a/the strike

The house was damaged in an air strike.

strike against, strike on

The aircraft carried out a pre-emptive strike against bases in the north.

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verb
1 hit/attack sb/sth
ADVERB
firmly, hard

He struck her hard across the face.

deep

The army struck deep into northern territory.

directly
without warning

Earthquakes can strike without warning.

repeatedly
home (often figurative)

The remark struck home.

VERB + STRIKE
be about to, be going to, be ready to, prepare to

A hurricane is about to strike Jamaica.

PREPOSITION
against

The oar struck against something hard.

at

He struck at me repeatedly with a stick.

on

The ball struck her on the head.

PHRASES
be struck by lightning, get struck by lightning
be struck down by sth, be struck down with sth

He was struck down with food poisoning.

2 come into your mind suddenly/give an impression
ADVERB
immediately
suddenly

It suddenly struck me how we could improve the situation.

just

An awful thought has just struck me.

particularly, really

I was particularly struck by the sound of the birds.

One thing that really struck me was how calm he appeared.

forcibly

Joan was struck quite forcibly by the silence.

PREPOSITION
as

He always struck me as being rather stupid.

It struck me as strange that there was no one there.

3 go on strike
VERB + STRIKE
threaten to
vote to (esp. BrE)
be set to (esp. BrE)

Over 100 000 civil servants are set to strike on Tuesday.

PREPOSITION
against, for

The union has voted to strike for a pay increase of 6%.

in protest at (esp. BrE), over

Drivers are threatening to strike over pay.

PHRASES
the right to strike
Strike is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arrow, ↑ball, ↑blizzard, ↑bullet, ↑burglar, ↑catastrophe, ↑clock, ↑disaster, ↑disease, ↑earthquake, ↑epidemic, ↑famine, ↑fate, ↑fear, ↑fist, ↑flood, ↑hurricane, ↑idea, ↑illness, ↑inspiration, ↑jinx, ↑killer, ↑lightning, ↑luck, ↑midnight, ↑misfortune, ↑missile, ↑murderer, ↑pain, ↑plague, ↑rapist, ↑ray, ↑realization, ↑rocket, ↑shell, ↑shot, ↑snake, ↑storm, ↑sun, ↑thief, ↑thought, ↑tornado, ↑torpedo, ↑tragedy, ↑typhoon, ↑vandal, ↑wave, ↑worker
Strike is used with these nouns as the object: ↑balance, ↑ball, ↑bargain, ↑blow, ↑camp, ↑chill, ↑coin, ↑compromise, ↑deal, ↑ear, ↑fist, ↑gold, ↑ground, ↑hour, ↑jury, ↑kerb, ↑match, ↑medal, ↑midnight, ↑mine, ↑note, ↑observer, ↑oil, ↑partnership, ↑penalty, ↑spark, ↑target, ↑tone, ↑vein, ↑volley

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