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 ]
- Strike a chord
Trigger a feeling or memory, as in That poem strikes a chord in all those touched by the Holocaust. This term alludes to striking the strings or keys of a musical instrument. [ First half of 1800s ]
- Strike a happy medium
see: happy medium
noun 1. money paid to strikers by a union to enable them to subsist during a strike.
adjective 1. closed by a strike: a strikebound factory. adjective 1. (of a factory, etc) closed or made inoperative by a strike