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strike pay dirt

To discover or happen upon something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially after a long or arduous search. I was combing through books in the library for hours, trying to find material for my thesis, when finally I struck pay dirt with an old collection of literary criticisms from the 1970s. I loved to search through my grandfather's attic when I was a kid, convinced that someday I would strike pay dirt.
See also: dirt, pay, strike

striking distance

Close proximity or a short distance, as to or away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. Used especially in the phrase "in/within striking distance." A World Cup victory was within striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is in striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
See also: distance, striking

in striking distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A World Cup victory was in striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is in striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.
See also: distance, striking

strike whilst the iron is hot

To make most of an opportunity or favourable conditions while one has the chance to do so. (A less common variant of "strike while the iron is hot.") Primarily heard in UK. This sounds like a pretty amazing deal they're offering. If I were you, I'd strike whilst the iron is hot. I deliberated too long before accepting the job offer, and now they've given it to someone else. I should have struck whilst the iron was hot.
See also: hot, iron, strike

strike (someone) dumb

To render someone speechless, as due to a great surprise or shock. My father's sudden resignation from the company struck each of us dumb.
See also: dumb, strike

strike oil

1. To access stores of oil while drilling into the ground. Stop drilling, we've struck oil!
2. To achieve success in some area, often financially. A: "We sure struck oil when we recorded that song." B: "I know, it's become a huge hit and will pay us a ton in royalties."
See also: oil, strike

strike sail

1. To lower the sail on a ship in a show of surrender, salute, or during high winds. Captain, they've struck sail! We've won! Those are gale force winds. Strike sail or we're done for!
2. By extension, to admit that one has been bested. You need to strike sail. You've clearly been beaten and need to move on.
See also: sail, strike

strike a sour note

To indicate, introduce, or allude to something particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, or disagreeable. You definitely struck a sour note when you brought up Dan's ex-girlfriends during your best man speech.
See also: note, sour, strike

strike while the iron is hot

To make most of an opportunity or favorable conditions while one has the chance to do so. This sounds like a pretty amazing deal they're offering. If I were you, I'd strike while the iron is hot. I deliberated too long before accepting the job offer, and now they've given it to someone else. I should have struck while the iron was hot.
See also: hot, iron, strike

(with)in striking distance

1. Literally, within range for an attack. The enemy target is in striking distance, sir. Order the attack when ready.
2. Within range of being able to be attained, accomplished, etc. Finally, after months of work, the end of my thesis is within striking distance.
3. Very close. Our neighbor's fence is within striking distance of our patio, so it's never felt very secluded back here.
See also: distance, striking

strike (one's) fancy

To be appealing or pleasant to someone; to be intriguing or of interest to someone. A: "Do you want to go to a movie later on?" B: "I don't know, there's nothing that really strikes my fancy in theaters right now." I'm not going to declare my major until I've had a couple years in college to see what ends up striking my fancy.
See also: fancy, strike

strike a blow against (something)

To do something that contributes to something's defeat or downfall. Health officials are hoping that this latest initiative will be able to strike a blow against obesity. Reports surfaced today that, if true, will strike a blow against the nascent campaign.
See also: blow, strike

strike a blow for (something)

To do something that helps something or contributes to its success. Relief agencies are desperately hoping that the ceasefire strikes a blow for peace in the region.
See also: blow, strike

strike at the heart of (something)

To attack the central part or most crucial element of something; to attack the part that allows something to function. By cracking down on the opium trade, the task force is hoping to strike at the heart of terrorist funding in the region.
See also: heart, of, strike

strike gold

1. Literally, to discover gold, as in a gold mine. All it takes for a gold rush is for one prospector to strike gold.
2. To discover a source of wealth or success. The term sometimes implies that it was discovered by chance or luck. Tara and Patti really struck gold when they developed an app that went viral. We struck gold when we hired Ken. He brings in more money that our other three salespeople combined.
3. To win a gold medal in a competition, typically an athletic contest. Michael Phelps has struck gold more than any other olympian in history.
See also: gold, strike

within striking distance (of someone or something)

In close proximity to or a short distance away from some desired thing, person, goal, or objective. A World Cup victory was within striking distance for Germany, but a last penalty kick robbed them of their prize. My grandmother's house is rather old and a bit spooky, but as it is within striking distance of the sea, it was always a favorite summer destination when we were kids.

strike a sour note

 and hit a sour note
Fig. to signify something unpleasant. Jane's sad announcement struck a sour note at the annual banquet. News of the accident hit a sour note in our holiday celebration.
See also: note, sour, strike

Strike while the iron is hot.

Prov. When you have an opportunity to do something, do it before you lose your chance. This is the best time in the last ten years to buy a house. Strike while the iron is hot. Ask Lisa for a favor now, while she's in a good mood. Strike while the iron is hot.
See also: hot, iron, strike

strike while the iron is hot

Take advantage of favorable conditions, as in They just made a huge profit, so let's strike while the iron is hot and ask for some money . This adage alludes to the blacksmith's forge. [Late 1300s] Also see make hay while the sun shines.
See also: hot, iron, strike

within striking distance

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1. If someone or something is within striking distance of a place, they are very close to it. The cinema is within striking distance of ample car parking and gleaming new shops and restaurants. Ironbridge is well signposted from the motorway and within easy striking distance of both Birmingham and Manchester. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of a place. I spent the bank holiday weekend in west London in order to be in striking distance of the festival.
2. If someone or something is within striking distance of an amount, level, or goal, they are very close to achieving it. We seem to be within striking distance of achieving 100 per cent of our objectives. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in striking distance of an amount, level, or goal. He is in striking distance of victory in the first round vote.

strike gold

1. If you strike gold, you become very rich or successful by finding or doing something. A California nurse has struck gold on a slot machine. Hitting the jackpot, she suddenly found herself 9.3 million dollars richer. The company has struck gold with its new holiday development.
2. If you strike gold, you win a gold medal in a competition. Mason struck gold in the vault, with Reeder taking the bronze, her third medal of the games.
See also: gold, strike

strike while the iron is hot

If you strike while the iron is hot, you act quickly, while there is the best chance of succeeding at something. This is the week to get plans off the ground. It's time to strike while the iron is hot. In order to get the recognition, you have to strike while the iron is hot. Note: A blacksmith can only bend or work iron when it is hot.
See also: hot, iron, strike

strike oil

If you strike oil, you suddenly become successful in finding or doing something. In Austin, a new generation of high-tech billionaires has struck oil in the computer industry. Jennifer McFarlane aims to strike oil on the Australian executive job market. Note: This expression is more commonly used literally to say that someone discovers oil in the ground as a result of drilling.
See also: oil, strike

strike pay dirt

verb
See also: dirt, pay, strike
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Some Northwest travelers said operations appear to be normal, but the union representing the striking mechanics says cancellations are increasing.
In 1903, Great Lakes shippers recruited replacements for their striking ship stokers from the training camp of one of America's leading "Muscular Christians," University of Chicago football and track and field coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.
The Boeing Company today (March 24) extended the benefits package won by the striking SPEEA members to non-represented company employees, commonly called NSPs.
In many cases, union payments to the workers have been cut in half - from about $250 to $125 - and medical benefits for the striking employees ended Jan.
His basic argument is that more combative labor forces lose a higher percentage of strikes than less combative ones--because they put forth more radical demands--but that ultimately they profit from unacknowledged preemptive offers of higher wages made by employers who hope to limit future striking.
One of the meetings, which drew more than 1,300 striking workers, served as a backdrop for the press conference.
It was the biggest rally since the strike began, and the first major strategy session, an encouraging sign to many striking employees who have been toiling on the picket lines for 66 days.
The intersection area between the northeast trending Bjorkdal zone and the east-southeast striking Storheden zone is a major exploration target.
This weekend, a UFCW motor home dubbed the ``Turkey Express'' was handing out thousands of free turkey vouchers to striking grocery employees throughout Southern California in an effort to keep spirits high despite the prospect of the strike dragging through the holidays.
As negotiations degrade, the unions continue to rally, but the striking employees are losing hope.
He and MTA Chief Executive Officer Roger Snoble have repeatedly said there's no more money on the table beyond the $87 million in new funds already being offered to the striking mechanics.
He said the 17,000 striking Ralphs employees would be assigned to picket Albertson's and Vons stores in Northern California, Arizona and Colorado, and at distribution warehouses throughout Southern California.
Negotiators for the MTA and striking mechanics agreed Friday to keep on talking through the weekend after the union extended a counteroffer for the first time in the 2-week-old strike that has stranded thousands and brought millions in economic losses.
The unyielding stance of striking supermarket workers will meet today with consumers whose pantries are empty as the work stoppage at Southern California's three largest grocers enters its seventh day.
Teamsters' drivers expanded their support Wednesday for striking supermarket workers by agreeing to honor picket lines at regional food distribution centers, a move meant to put further pressure on the strike- bound grocers - Vons, Ralphs and Albertson's.