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 As congregants stream out of church, Perez tries to strike up dialogues. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. megachurch pastor mocks pandemic health orders, even as church members fall ill," 8 Nov. 2020 The two strike up an unlikely friendship and forge a unique bond over their pasts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophia Loren Returns to Film with Her First New Movie Role in a Decade," 21 Oct. 2020 The delivery driver tried to strike up a friendly conversation. Steve Majors, Washington Post, "Essential workers deserve more than a tip for their service," 2 Oct. 2020 Later, Dani and Flora strike up a conversation at the gravesite of the young child's parents. Robyn Merrett,, "Netflix Reveals the Spooky New Trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor," 23 Sep. 2020 Compliment often and strike up conversations with strangers. Sarah Feldberg,, "A love letter to Chinatown grandmas and their inimitable style," 17 Sep. 2020 There may be no way to replace relationships that develop organically when colleagues meet at work and strike up a conversation. Dallas News, "After COVID-19, the future of work is at home — and the office," 6 Sep. 2020 In this upcoming indie, the power duo strike up an electric love affair as 19th-century women searching the English shores for fossils. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet Spark an Aching Beachside Romance in Ammonite," 25 Aug. 2020 Hospital systems across the state, especially in New York City, were on track to hit maximum capacity, leading Cuomo to strike up talks with President Trump to create overflow hospitals throughout Manhattan. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Andrew Cuomo approves gym reopenings in New York," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of strike up

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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12 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strike up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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