strike down
transitive verb Date: 1779 annul, nullify <
the board struck down the appointment
>
; especially to declare (a law) illegal and unenforceable <
the Supreme Court struck down the law
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • strike down — vt: annul nullify the trustee...can strike down transfers J. J. White and R. S. Summers; esp: to declare (a law) illegal and unenforceable the court struck down death penalty provisions L. H. Tribe Merriam Webster’s Dictionary …   Law dictionary

  • strike down — (something) to decide that a law, rule, or order is not legal. The court struck down the law, saying that it was unconstitutional …   New idioms dictionary

  • strike down — verb 1. cause to die, especially suddenly The disease struck down many young men in the village • Hypernyms: ↑kill • Verb Frames: Something s somebody 2. cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow strike down a tree …   Useful english dictionary

  • strike down — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms strike down : present tense I/you/we/they strike down he/she/it strikes down present participle striking down past tense struck down past participle struck down 1) [usually passive] to make someone die or… …   English dictionary

  • strike down — verb a) to cause to suddenly die And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee. b) to knock… …   Wiktionary

  • strike down — phr verb Strike down is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bug …   Collocations dictionary

  • strike down — (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To cause to fall, as from a shot or blow: bring down, cut down, down, drop, fell1, flatten, floor, ground, knock down, level, prostrate, throw. Slang: deck1. Idiom: lay low. See RISE. II verb See STRIKE …   English dictionary for students

  • strike down — 1) PHRASAL VERB: usu passive If someone is struck down, especially by an illness, they are killed or severely harmed. [WRITTEN] [be V ed P] Frank had been struck down by a massive heart attack. [V ed P] ...a great sporting hero, struck down at 49 …   English dictionary

  • strike down something — strike down (something) to decide that a law, rule, or order is not legal. The court struck down the law, saying that it was unconstitutional …   New idioms dictionary

  • strike — [strīk] vt. struck, struck or occas. (but for vt. 11 commonly and for vt. 8 & 15 usually) stricken, striking, [ME striken, to proceed, flow, strike with rod or sword < OE strican, to go, proceed, advance, akin to Ger streichen < IE * streig …   English World dictionary

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