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  • v. To lash out; to strike or hit at someone or something, particularly something in arm's length of the striker and at or near the level of the striker's head.
  • v. To draw a line through some text such as a printed or written sentence, with the purpose of deleting that text from the rest of the document. The text so deleted may be completely obscured, or it may be deliberately left legible with the line through it so that readers can see that it was deliberately deleted.
  • v. Of a batter, to be retired after three strikes (missed swings, as opposed to any other way of becoming "out"); of a pitcher, to cause this to happen to the batter.


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  • But Mary was glad to put it behind her and strike out for Falkland Palace.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • The Gentle Shepherd protested that he had never said that he wished to repeal the Civil Service Law; whereupon Roosevelt read this extract from one of his speeches: "I will vote not only to strike out this provision, but I will vote to repeal the whole law."

    Theodore Roosevelt An Intimate Biography

  • No longer does a fan grouse about a strikeout-prone slugger by saying, ‘How can that bum strike out like that?’

    The Greatest Game

  • Here Allenby had laid out his greatest trick: He would convince the enemy that he was about to strike out on his right, directly across the Jordan, whereas in reality he planned to attack on his left, circling down on them from their western flank through the Valley of Jezreel, that is known as Megiddo, or Armageddon.

    O Jerusalem

  • Undisciplined by their terror and torment, they tried to strike out at him despite the close quarters.

    the ship who sang

  • Burnett, finally locating his curveball in the third, used it to strike out Ryan Howard with two runners on base and two outs.

    One Season

  • If it was a long way in front, the flock'd have to strike out on their own to follow, and that'd mean thinking for themselves.

    Futures Imperfect

  • Frandra looked for a moment as if she was going to strike out at Jandru, but then ducked her head and gave her whuffling laugh, her anger leaving as quickly as it had come.

    Promise of the Wolves

  • Shrugging that off, to say he was tough on the Red Sox batters was an understatement; after giving up the hit, Sabathia proceeded to strike out the next three batters.

    One Season

  • Spellbindingly spectacular, he refused to show a set pattern as he became the first starting pitcher since the very first World Series game to strike out ten batters without issuing a single walk.

    One Season


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