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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

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

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.
See also: dumb, struck

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 (one's) flag

To lower the flag on a ship in a show of surrender. Captain, they've struck their flag! We've won!
See also: flag, 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

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

strike home

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.
See also: home, strike

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

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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Sometimes, she said, bill authors will choose an inseverability clause, which says if any part of the bill is struck down, the entire measure is invalid.
At Dolby, Struck oversaw encoder and decoder implementation licensing and certification, test development, test and measurement licensing, and the technical requirements and recommendations for all Dolby licensed technologies.
But it appeared that the cruise missiles - each with a 1,000-pound warhead - struck their targets with pinpoint precision, leaving other buildings nearby still standing.
While the Pentagon offered few details of the strikes, officials said that nearly 100 missiles, each with 2,000-pound warheads, struck targets in Iraq on Thursday.
In Syria seven airstrikes were conducted near three locations: Near Al Hawl, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and wounded an ISIL fighter.
In Syria near Al Hasakah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and an ISIL staging area, the announcement said.
In Syria near Al Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and wounded an ISIL fighter, the announcement said.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release, Al Baghdadi, one strike denied ISIL access to tactical terrain, Al Qaim one strike struck an ISIL logistical facility, Albu Hayat, and one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
In Iraq near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker and wounded an ISIL fighter, it said.
In Syria five airstrikes were conducted near three locations: Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two separate ISIL crude oil collection points, near Aleppo, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, and neutralized an ISIL tactical vehicle and near Ar Raqqah, two strikes damaged an ISIL artillery piece.
WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (KUNA) -- The US-led coalition continued to strike ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq, with a total of 25 raids conducted on October 14, the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said in a statement released Thursday In Syria, eight airstrikes were conducted near six areas: Near Al Bab, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and damaged an ISIL excavator.
In Syria near Al Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building, the announcement said.