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a person or thing that .
a worker who is on .
the clapper in a clock that the hours or rings an alarm.
U.S. Army. a private who acts as a voluntary paid servant to a commissioned officer.
U.S. Navy. an enlisted person in training for a specific technical rating.
a person who fish, whales, etc., with a spear or harpoon.
Whaling. a harpoon.
Soccer. one of the attacking forwards.
Contemporary Examples

The veteran 36-year-old striker was the star of the 2006 World Cup German team that Klinsmann coached, and is a total ball hawk.
USA vs. Germany World Cup Primer: Everything You Need to Know About the Epic Showdown Marlow Stern June 25, 2014

Twenty minutes later, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore was barreling down the left sideline at top speed in pursuit of the ball.
Will Jozy Altidore Be Team USA’s World Cup Savior vs. Belgium? Emily Shire June 30, 2014

The pre-match talk has centered on England striker Wayne Rooney, whose form could make or break their chances today.
World Cup Primer Joshua Robinson June 11, 2010

The 24-year-old striker, meanwhile, was building a reputation on the international stage before he could even legally drink.
Will Jozy Altidore Be Team USA’s World Cup Savior vs. Belgium? Emily Shire June 30, 2014

Historical Examples

If a ball falls into a cup the striker scores the value of the cup as well as of the arch.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 Various

In a few minutes he returned bearing a small agong and striker.
Terry Charles Goff Thomson

A ball that is pitched so as to hit the striker—provided he is standing in his legitimate position, viz.
Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements Various

“Lieutenant Terry is nearly ready, sir,” reported Noll’s striker.
Uncle Sam’s Boys as Lieutenants H. Irving Hancock

But striker does not wait to hear what Hernandez may have to say.
The Flag of Distress Mayne Reid

My striker appears to have put everything in apple-pie order.
Uncle Sam’s Boys as Lieutenants H. Irving Hancock

a person who is on strike
the hammer in a timepiece that rings a bell or alarm
any part in a mechanical device that strikes something, such as the firing pin of a gun
(soccer, informal) an attacking player, esp one who generally positions himself near his opponent’s goal in the hope of scoring
(cricket) the batsman who is about to play a ball

a person who harpoons whales or fish
the harpoon itself

verb phrase

To have a sudden financial success (1854+)


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