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strike2 S3 W3

not working

[uncountable and countable] a period of time when a group of workers deliberately stop working because of a disagreement about pay, working conditions etcCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
be (out) on strike come out/go (out) on strike (=start a strike) call a strike call off a strike (=decide not to continue with it) break a strike (=end a strike) general strike (=when workers from most industries strike) all-out strike British English (=when all the workers in a factory, industry etc strike) strike action British English
The farm workers' strike is in its third week.
strike by
a six-week strike by railway workers
strike over
a strike over pay cuts
strike against
a national strike against mine closures
Workers had been out on strike for 8 months.
Teachers went on strike last week to demand job security.
The trade union federations called a general strike to protest at working conditions.
They refused to obey the court's order to call off the strike.
The Prime Minister was determined to break the strike.
an all-out strike by civil servants
Hospital workers voted in favour of strike action.
! Do not say 'go on a strike'.


[countable] a military attack, especially by planes dropping bombs
strike against/on
a surprise air strike on military targets
American aircraft carriers have launched several strikes.
first strike


[countable usually singular]TPG the discovery of something valuable under the ground:
an oil strike

two/three strikes against somebody/something

American English a condition or situation that makes it extremely difficult for someone or something to be successful:
Children from poor backgrounds have two strikes against them by the time they begin school.


[countable] an attempt to hit the ball in baseball that fails, or a ball that is thrown to the batter in the correct area, but is not hit


DSO [countable] a situation in bowling in which you knock down all the pins (=bottle shaped objects) with a ball on your first attempt

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