an instrument with a curved blade, used especially by the ancient Greeks and Romans for scraping the skin at the bath and in the gymnasium.
a curved blade used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to scrape the body after bathing
(architect) a decorative fluting, esp one in the shape of the letter S as used in Roman architecture
adjective 1. Botany. set with stiff bristles of hairs; hispid. 2. Zoology. marked with fine, closely set ridges, grooves, or points. adjective 1. (botany) bearing stiff hairs or bristles: strigose leaves 2. (zoology) marked with fine closely set grooves or ridges
noun 1. Johannes Gerhardus (joˈhanəs ɡeːrˈhɑːdəs). 1893–1958, South African statesman; prime minister (1954–58)
adjective 1. being cause for a strike, as by union members: strikable labor issues.
- Strike a balance
Find a compromise, as in We have to strike a balance between what we want and what we can afford. This expression alludes to accounting, where it signifies finding a profit or loss by weighing income versus outlay. [ Mid-1800s ]