strike up

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

Definition of strike 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

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Locally, Florida Hospital and Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts, which struck up a unique collaboration two years ago, may play a part in finding a scientific answer to the impact of the arts on health. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida Hospital starts art therapy program for cancer patients," 26 Mar. 2018 He's struck up a relationship with Simmons, who is represented by the same agent, Rich Paul. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "76ers should go after Paul George, not LeBron James," 10 May 2018 The zany, 6-foot-7 ex-baller — who has struck up an unlikely bromance with the pint-sized, 5-foot-7 Kim, and has visited the rogue regime five times in the past — took some of the credit for getting the two leaders together. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The Democratic establishment strikes back in California, New Jersey and other primaries," 6 June 2018 The most intriguing view, looking westward along the Odgen Slip, reveals a soaring tower that would strike up a genuine conversation with Tribune Tower. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Tribune Tower plans would energize an old landmark, but don't yet create a new one," 18 Apr. 2018 There is some good news off the field though, with City striking up a 'multi-year, multi-million pound deal' with Tinder, and on Thursday a blimp was flown over Manchester to signal the start of the #PerfectMatch. SI.com, "Man City Launch New Partnership With Tinder But Are the Butt of the Joke After Liverpool Defeat," 5 Apr. 2018 Amelia and Sharon had grown very close to in the aftermath of the tragedy, striking up a friendship after meeting at a fundraising photoshoot. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Royal Wedding Guest to Honor Manchester Bombing Victims," 4 May 2018 Negotiators are trained to strike up a rapport with a suspect, calm them down, appeal to their sense of reason. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018 The two struck up a friendship and have been speaking every day since. Diana Bruk, Seventeen, "How "Harry Potter" Helped Two Strangers From Across the World Fall in Love," 5 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of strike up

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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