strike up

verb

struck up; struck up also stricken up; striking up; strikes up

intransitive verb

: to begin to sing or play or to be sung or played

transitive verb

1
: to cause to begin singing or playing
strike up the band
2
: to cause to begin
strike up a conversation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, in a study from the University of Chicago, people who decided to strike up that conversation rated their commute as more pleasant than normal, ultimately surprising themselves, Waldinger and his co-author Marc Schulz write. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 14 Jan. 2023 In the clip, Tatum's Mike Lane, now a broke bartender, and Hayek Pinault's socialite character strike up a romance and set out to put on an epic stage show together in London. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2023 Gabay created the character of a reserved orchestra leader named Tewfiq in the 2007 movie about an Egyptian police band that accidentally gets stranded in a sleepy, isolated Israeli town, where musicians and residents strike up a rapport. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 Someday, man and machine will routinely strike up conversations with each other. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 9 Sep. 2016 Now that some of the mystery behind the sparkle and pop of champagne has been explained through science, opportunities to impress friends and strike up conversation present themselves at the next big occasion. Elsbeth Sites, Discover Magazine, 7 Jan. 2014 The duo first met as freshmen at Highland Park High School, but didn't strike up a romance until their senior year. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2023 Frank falls into a trap on Bill’s property and the two strike up an alliance. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Jan. 2023 To go ahead 28-24 into halftime, Stroud hit Xavier Johnson on a play-action 37-yard strike up the seam. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 1 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of strike up was circa 1562

Cite this Entry

“Strike up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strike%20up. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

strike up

verb
1
: to begin or cause to begin to sing or play
strike up the band
2
: to cause to begin
strike up a conversation

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