strike out

strike out
phrasal verb
Word forms "strike out":
present tense I/you/we/they strike out he/she/it strikes out present participle striking out past tense struck out past participle struck out
1) [intransitive] to start doing something new or different, especially in order to become more independent
strike out for:

It was an opportunity to strike out for independence.

strike out on your own:

O'Connor quit his job and decided to strike out on his own.

2) [intransitive] to try to hit or attack someone or something
strike out at:

Without warning, he struck out at Holmes with his right hand.

3) [intransitive] to criticize someone or something, especially in a speech, interview, or article
strike out at:

He struck out at supporters of the bill in his speech yesterday.

4) [intransitive] to walk or swim in a particular direction in a way that shows energy or determination
strike out into:

We decided to strike out on foot into the forest.

strike out for:

Rostov surfaced, then struck out for the nearest shore.

strike out across:

She slid into the water and struck out across the lake.

5) [intransitive] mainly American informal to be unsuccessful in trying to do something

Looks like we've struck out again.

6) strike out or strike through
[transitive] to remove words from a document, for example by drawing a line through them

Strike out lines 5 to 18.

a) [intransitive] a batter strikes out in baseball by missing the ball three times, ending their turn at trying to hit it
b) [transitive] a pitcher strikes a batter out in baseball by throwing three balls that the batter is unable to hit, ending the batter's turn

English dictionary. 2014.