strike a blow


: to do something to fight for or against something
They struck a blow for freedom and against tyranny.
Fate has struck a heavy blow against us.

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Recent Examples on the Web But proponents eager to strike a blow against the Chinese government might not celebrate just yet. Daniel Lyons, TIME, 3 Apr. 2024 And that might be a bitter pill for world leaders to swallow and would strike a blow against the self-important think tanks and humanitarian organizations of the world. James Jeffrey, Foreign Affairs, 26 May 2016 Watch Embargo Watch strike a blow for sense A great post by Christine Ottery on whether climate journalists should try to motivate people to act on climate change. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 10 July 2010 But of course, at the same time, any effort to strike a brutal and – or excuse me, to strike a blow against Hamas should be done consistent with clear objectives and should also be done in a way that protects innocent civilians, so – KRISTEN WELKER: But who will govern Gaza? Nbc Universal, NBC News, 15 Oct. 2023 Magee’s orders were blunt and deadly: plant a bomb that would kill the PM, cripple Her Majesty’s Government, and strike a blow for Irish reunification. Jessica Hornik, National Review, 13 July 2023 Ms Ngubane’s organisation, the Rural Women’s Movement, that could strike a blow against one of the most controversial institutions in South Africa. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2020 The very notion may strike a blow to the heart of your childhood or sound like an idea so zonked out that its camp value cannot be measured by contemporary means (the current barometer being any series created by Ryan Murphy). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2023 In that sense, Manchin’s opposition to direct pay could strike a blow at his favorite industries and technologies. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 22 June 2022

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