strike 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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Their association is mutually beneficial but for one thing: Brodie has struck up with Kilbarron’s lover, a Russian singer called Lika Blum. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Books: Grace Abounding to the Outsider Artist," 5 Oct. 2018 Also, Amazon's shipping and delivery infrastructure is much larger than that of any other US retailer (Target and Walmart have been expanding and striking up partnerships in order to better match Amazon's delivery system). Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon drops $25 free shipping minimum for all US holiday shoppers," 5 Nov. 2018 The professor took the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Carter Page, whom Trump had named a few months earlier as a foreign policy adviser. The Washington Post,, "Secret FBI source for Russia probe met with 3 Trump advisers during campaign," 19 May 2018 The professor took the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Carter Page, whom Trump had named a few months earlier as a foreign policy adviser., "Secret FBI source for Russia probe met with three Trump advisers during campaign," 19 May 2018 In a new interview with Vogue, Chapman reveals what her life has been like since the scandal, from getting therapy to striking up a friendship with Huma Abedin, whose ex-husband is disgraced politician Anthony Weiner. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "Georgina Chapman Breaks Her Silence for the First Time Since the Harvey Weinstein Scandal," 10 May 2018 Tarkowski was also missing for the Newcastle game and has been an equally important part of the team so far this season, striking up an excellent defensive partnership with Ben Mee., "Tarkowski to Miss Burnley's Man City Clash While Defour Ruled Out for Rest of Season," 2 Feb. 2018 It was created by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) to help parents strike up these difficult conversations. Alison Storm, Redbook, "6 Ways to Help Kids (Including Yours) Stay Drug-Free," 18 June 2011 The pair appear to strike up a friendship over the course of filming. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s Rumored Relationship," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of strike up

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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