strike up
verb Date: circa 1562 intransitive verb to begin to sing or play or to be sung or played transitive verb 1. to cause to begin singing or playing <
strike up the band
>
2. to cause to begin <
strike up a conversation
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • strike\ up — v 1a. To start to sing or play. We were sitting around the camp fire. Someone struck up a song, and we all joined in. The President took his place on the platform, and the band struck up the national anthem. 1b. To give a signal to start (a band) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • strike up — verb a) To start something with somebody else. Usually a conversation or relationship. To make him feel welcome, she struck up a conversation with the newly arrived guest. b) To start something, usually playing live music. He struck up a… …   Wiktionary

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