strike out


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strike something out

to cross something out of a section of printing or writing. This is wrong. Please strike it out. Strike out this sentence.
See also: out, strike

strike out (at someone or something)

to hit at someone or something with the intention of threatening or harming. Dave would strike out at anyone who came near him, but it was all bluff. He was mad, and when anyone came close, he struck out.
See also: out, strike

strike out

 
1. Lit. [for a baseball batter] to be declared out after making three strikes. (Baseball.) And so Drew Wilson strikes out for his second time in this game! He struck out in the second inning, and the manager took him out then.
2. Fig. to fail. Well, we struck out again, but we'll keep trying. I hear you struck out on that Acme proposal. Better luck next time.
See also: out, strike

strike out

1. Cancel or erase, as in Strike out that last sentence, please. [Early 1500s]
2. Begin a course of action, set out energetically, as in Elaine was determined to strike out on her own. [Early 1700s]
3. Fail in an endeavor, as in His latest business venture has struck out. This usage originated in baseball, where it refers to a batter's failure to put the ball in play ( Williams struck out three times in yesterday's game), as well as to a pitcher's success in eliminating a batter ( Clemens struck him out again in the fourth inning). [Late 1800s]
See also: out, strike

strike out

v.
1. To begin a course of action: After hatching, the baby turtles struck out toward the ocean. After the band broke up, the lead singer struck out on her own. We struck out on a mission to find the lost treasure.
2. To make an attempt to hit someone: The suspect struck out at the police officer.
3. Baseball To pitch three strikes to some batter, putting the batter out: The pitcher struck out the batter to end the inning. The pitcher struck the batter out with two curve balls and a fastball.
4. Baseball To be put out at bat with three strikes: The batter struck out and returned to the dugout.
5. To fail in an endeavor: They struck out in their attempt to raise taxes. The network struck out with its new television show and canceled it after the third week. The car salesman struck out with his first five customers.
6. To eliminate or delete something from a document or record: The editor struck out the final paragraph and rewrote it. The lawyer struck a clause out of the contract.
7. To put some claim or action out of a court of law without further hearing: The court struck out the claim when the plaintiff failed to produce enough evidence. The judge found the accusation unclear, so she struck it out.
See also: out, strike

strike out

1. in. [for a baseball batter] to be declared out after three strikes. (Baseball.) He struck out in the second inning, and manager Willy “Herky” Simpson read him out then.
2. in. to fail. I hear you struck out on that Acme proposal. Better luck next time.
See also: out, strike
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His strike outs are average, but they did peak during his prime home run years; by 1996 he was striking out at least 90 times when he had 600 at bats or more.
Pleasant Hill 2, Sisters 1: Cody Williams pitched a two-hitter with eight strike outs and drove in the winning run with a two-out, RBI single in the sixth for the Billies at home.
00 ERA and 17 strike outs in 11 innings) appears to be in the early stages of a second consecutive All-Star season and the supporting cast has been solid.
He has 45 strike outs and 11 walks in 71 2/3 innings.
The Westlake pitching staff - which generally relies on ground outs more than strike outs - is well aware of the importance of the defense behind it.
Mike Schultz (East): 2 innings pitched, 4 strike outs, 1 hit.
He became the first black player to hit a home run in a World Series, made six straight American League All-Star teams and, at one time or another over a 13-year big-league career, led the American League in homers, runs batted in, runs scored and slugging average, as well as strike outs.
Aaron Garcia pitched well Saturday, ringing up strike outs with regularity.