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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.
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.
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.
be struck dumb
To be rendered speechless or dumbfounded, as due to a great surprise or shock. We were all struck dumb by my father's announcement that he was resigning from the company.
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."
strike (one's) flag
To lower the flag on a ship in a show of surrender. Captain, they've struck their flag! We've won!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To be fully understood by and strongly affect or resonate with someone. It wasn't until he was threated with losing his job that the comments about John's work ethic really struck home. The film has an underlying theme of grief and loss that will hit home with a lot of viewers. The tour around the region felt a bit hit or miss, with no clear agenda or plan.
strike a sour noteand 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
strike pay dirtverb
See hit pay dirt