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

Examples of strike up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ask our space team reporter Emre Kelly questions and strike up a conversation. Annette Jones, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Humor is a great way to bond, so someone who gets a laugh out of your creation might be moved to strike up a connection with you. Tarot Astrologers,, 31 Oct. 2021 Get outside of your comfort zone and strike up a conversation. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Few story line details have been revealed, but the plot will see Jon Kent strike up a friendship and later fall for pink-haired reporter Jay Nakamura, DC Comics said. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 In one of the show’s many twists this season, Margulies’s character and Witherspoon’s character strike up a romance, which includes a backseat makeout scene. Myles Tanzer, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 But, after talking to Aaron, Chelsea and Ivan strike up a flirtation and end up kissing. Lia Beck,, 22 Sep. 2021 It was touted as a success by both sides and particularly by the UK government, which had sold the freedom to strike up bilateral trade deals as a key benefit for leaving the European Union. Angela Dewan, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 Add More Informal Social Events Remote work robs employees of human contact, soft learning and an environment where innovation happens when people strike up a conversation over a water cooler. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 27 May 2021

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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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13 Nov 2021

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“Strike up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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