strike on


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

strike someone or something on something

to hit someone or something on a particular place or part. The ball struck me on my elbow, causing a great deal of pain. I struck the bear on the paw, and that only made it madder.
See also: on, strike

strike something (up)on something

to hit or bang something on something else. She struck her head upon the side of the bed. Mary struck her elbow on the doorjamb.
See also: on, strike

strike on

or strike upon
v.
To discover something suddenly or unexpectedly: In the course of their research, the scientists struck on an entirely new approach. The detective struck upon a clue.
See also: on, strike