- 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 out1) [intransitive] to start doing something new or different, especially in order to become more independentstrike out for:strike out on your own:
It was an opportunity to strike out for independence.
O'Connor quit his job and decided to strike out on his own.2) [intransitive] to try to hit or attack someone or somethingstrike 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 articlestrike 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 determinationstrike out into:strike out for:
We decided to strike out on foot into the forest.strike out across:
Rostov surfaced, then struck out for the nearest shore.
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 18.7)a) [intransitive] a batter strikes out in baseball by missing the ball three times, ending their turn at trying to hit itb) [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.