strike up

verb
Updated on: 14 Jan 2018

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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First Known Use of strike up

circa 1562



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