strike up

verb

Definition of strike up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to begin to sing or play or to be sung or played

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to begin singing or playing strike up the band

  5. 2 :  to cause to begin strike up a conversation

Circa 1562

First Known Use of strike up

circa 1562



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