strike up

verb

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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After the second match with Randall, Hebda struck up a conversation with him. Rich Mayor, chicagotribune.com, "Boys tennis notes: Maine South's Danilo Kovacevic ready to keep playing in college," 27 May 2018 They likely detail their career accomplishments in their bio and will strike up a conversation by asking you about your work, which can be off-putting to other signs, who find talking about career right off the bat a bit classist. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 Esther is caring for her dying mother, and strikes up a friendship with her neighbors, an Iranian scientist and his son, Amir. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘The Book That Changed America,’ ‘Manhattan Beach’," 22 June 2018 Otterbine and the woman met online about two months ago, according to West, and struck up a relationship from 1,500 miles away. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Ex-cop said woman's 'torture' was consensual. His 10-year-old son watched, he told police," 16 June 2018 Visits to stream beds or beaches are a good source for small flat rocks, as are local craft stores or even striking up a friendship with the owner of a landscaping company. Craig Webb, ajc, "Painted rocks hidden in Ohio are finding their way around the world," 8 May 2018 Because nothing is sacred and everything gets a remake, this modern-day adaptation of the classic film focuses on one orphaned puppy and two capricious New Orleans school kids who strike up a friendship him. Whitney Friedlander, Esquire, "Spring 2018 TV Preview: Your Complete Guide to the Season's Premieres," 8 Mar. 2018 The Spaniard and Steven Gerrard struck up a telepathic bond during their days at Anfield, leading to some incredible goals and memories for the Reds' faithful. SI.com, "6 Player Partnerships That Wouldn't Have Succeeded Without One Another," 10 June 2018 As Grace struggles to complete the year-ending school musical, Ka-ho and Zoey strike up an unlikely friendship through his brother Ka-long (utterly charming non-pro Tse Ka-long, who almost walks away with the film), a student in Grace’s class. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Distinction' ('Fei tung faan heung'): Film Review," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of strike up

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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