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strike upon (something)

1. Literally, to hit, kick, or knock someone or something on some specific location. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "strike" and "upon." The child struck her dad on the head with the toy hammer.
2. To make a sudden or unexpected discovery. We've struck upon a new way to treat cancer as a result of our research into immune system modification. It appears the film studio has struck upon a winning formula with its recent blockbuster series.
3. To highlight, introduce, or raise some topic or issue. I think you've struck on an important point, Jim. The CEO struck on a number of key figures during his presentation to investors.
See also: strike, upon
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The pickaxe first struck upon a kind of black earth, six inches in thickness, which was speedily disposed of.
He stood perfectly still, and where the light struck upon his form it glittered as if made of pure gold.
The blade entered the soil for a matter of seven inches, when it struck upon something stonelike.
It was much of the same red as soldiers' coats; every now and then, too, there came little sparks and lightnings, as though the sun had struck upon bright steel.
Gashford walked stealthily about, listening to all he heard, and diffusing or confirming, whenever he had an opportunity, such false intelligence as suited his own purpose; and, busily occupied in this way, turned into Holborn for the twentieth time, when a great many women and children came flying along the street--often panting and looking back--and the confused murmur of numerous voices struck upon his ear.
In this distress, the wind still blowing very hard, one of our men early in the morning cried out, "Land!" and we had no sooner run out of the cabin to look out, in hopes of seeing whereabouts in the world we were, than the ship struck upon a sand, and in a moment her motion being so stopped, the sea broke over her in such a manner that we expected we should all have perished immediately; and we were immediately driven into our close quarters, to shelter us from the very foam and spray of the sea.
Now, though we thought that the wind did a little abate, yet the ship having thus struck upon the sand, and sticking too fast for us to expect her getting off, we were in a dreadful condition indeed, and had nothing to do but to think of saving our lives as well as we could.
Jimenez bagged 17 goals and Jota 10 last season with Nuno joking in the summer he struck upon the partnership by chance.
Watt struck upon one of his greatest breakthroughs while working at the university in the middle of the 18th century, forging a lasting association with the seat of learning.
"On what could have been a quiet day otherwise, the FTSE struck upon a bounty of news.
But now I've struck upon a ticket-buying secret weapon in the form of my son-in-law's sister, who goes to so many events she's a veritable demon at getting on to the site and scooping up brilliant seats.
A huge fan of the FC Barcelona superstar, Shahad was the first young Emirati girl ever to win such a spectacular prize, and was star struck upon meeting her idol.
The market is the brainchild of event organiser Nicola Edwards, who struck upon the idea as an extension to her other job running the Not So Average Wedding Fair, an event that helps couples find unusual dresses, gifts and entertainment for their big day.
ISLAMABAD -- In an exercise to determine the amount of money pouring into real estate investments in the federal capital, the Federal Board of Revenue has struck upon a surprisingly high number.