strik·​er | \ ˈstrī-kər How to pronounce striker (audio) \

Definition of striker

1 : one that strikes: such as
a : a player in any of several games who is striking or attempting to strike a ball
b : the hammer of the striking mechanism of a clock or watch
c : a blacksmith's helper who swings the sledgehammer
d : a worker on strike
2 : a junior enlisted man in the U.S. Navy who has declared an occupational specialty
3 : a forward in soccer

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We are outnumbered by armed policemen who surround the camp, keeping one eye on the strikers and one on the road below, where thousands of protestors had gathered the previous morning. Caroline Carter, 1843, "I was brainwashed in China. Now I’m protesting in Hong Kong," 20 June 2019 Substitute Carli Lloyd appeared offside in the build up, but VAR deemed that the striker was not interfering with play. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US comfortably beats Sweden and sets another Women's World Cup record," 20 June 2019 Argentina's most promising attack resulted in Lautaro Martinez hitting the crossbar on the volley, following excellent work from substitute Sergio Aguero, who chested the ball down and laid it off to the Inter striker., "Copa America Roundup: Lionel Messi Rescues Point for Argentina as Albiceleste Continue to Disappoint," 20 June 2019 Substitute Carli Lloyd appeared offside inside the box, but VAR deemed that the striker was not interfering with play. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Photos: Team USA comfortably beats Sweden in Women’s World Cup, sets another record," 20 June 2019 Luka Jovic has pledged to fight for his place at Real Madrid after the Serbia striker was unveiled to his new fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Thomas Allnutt,, "'I am the happiest kid in the world': Real Madrid introduce new striker Jovic," 12 June 2019 Chief among the interesting choices was the exclusion of 19-year-old striker Josh Sargent of Bundesliga (Germany) first-division side Werder Bremen. Patrick Brennan,, "USMNT sets final roster for visit to Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium, 2019 Gold Cup," 6 June 2019 The 19-year-old striker has broken through at Argentinian club side Gimnasia La Plata this term, after also impressing in Colombia's Under-20s team., "Transfer Rumours: Mbappe to Madrid, Moreno to Sevilla, Maguire to Man City & More," 6 June 2019 Is there a better striker anywhere in the world right now? Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Women’s World Cup 2019: 11 players to watch beyond the United States," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of striker

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a worker who is on strike
: a forward in soccer

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