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strike up

verb

Definition of strike up

  • intransitive verb
    1. :  to begin to sing or play or to be sung or played

    2. transitive verb
    3. 1 :  to cause to begin singing or playing <strike up the band>

    4. 2 :  to cause to begin <strike up a conversation>



    Circa 1562

    First Known Use of strike up

    circa 1562


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