strike up

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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An uncostumed man with a pair of headphones wrapped around his neck overheard Roshan and struck up a conversation. Peter Haldeman, Los Angeles Times, "He may hate the word ‘buzz,’ but Los Angeles magazine editor Maer Roshan is creating it," 5 Sep. 2019 When Vertex relocated from Cambridge to the South Boston Waterfront, CEO Jeff Leiden wanted to get involved with BPS, so the biotech company struck up a partnership with two Southie high schools., "The momentum, Rooney says, fizzled out. One obstacle, he says, seemed to be a reluctance to cede any sort of educational responsibility to the business community.," 16 Sep. 2019 Things start off innocently enough when cynical loner Weller (Blumenfeld) strikes up a conversation with recent arrival Fonsia (James), a fellow refugee from Visitors Day festivities. Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Theatricum Botanicum, two fine actors remind us why ‘The Gin Game’ won a Pulitzer," 8 Sep. 2019 The Frenchman has been impressive since swapping Lyon for the Gunners back in 2017, managing 37 goals in 89 appearances in all competitions, and has struck up an excellent partnership with fellow forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang., "Alexandre Lacazette Warns Premier League Rivals His Best Form Is Yet to Come," 20 Aug. 2019 Reckard and Basco were always smiling and striking up conversations even if there was a language barrier, Duran said. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Antonio Basco's wife was killed in the El Paso massacre. He's welcoming anyone to her visitation," 14 Aug. 2019 That’s when Kenneth Horner, 40, showed up on a Divvy bike, striking up a conversation and offering to help her find shelter, prosecutors said. Rosemary Sobol,, "Bail denied for man accused of sexually assaulting woman at homeless camp," 11 July 2019 Witnesses would later tell police that Vickers did not know Walls, but struck up a conversation with Fat Boy. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Appeals court upholds murder in Antioch recording studio, but defendant may get lighter sentence," 2 July 2019 Five Australian backpackers boarded and struck up a conversation with me. Masada Siegel, WSJ, "The Joy of Traveling Alone," 22 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of strike up

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of strike up was circa 1562

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to fake an opponent out of position

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