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 Strike (A).Strike Amain. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Strike (1 syl.).
Strike, but hear me! So said Themis’tocles with wonderful self-possession to Eurybi’ades, the Spartan general. The tale told by Plutarch is this: Themistocles strongly opposed the proposal of Eurybiades to quit the bay of Sal’amis. The hot-headed Spartan insultingly remarked that “those who in the public games rise up before the proper signal are scourged.” “True,” said Themistocles, “but those who lag behind win no laurels.” On this, Eurybiades lifted up his staff to strike him, when Themistocles earnestly but proudly exclaimed, “Strike, but hear me!”   1
   To strike hands upon a bargain or strike a bargain. To confirm it by shaking or striking hands.   2

 Strike (A).Strike Amain. 


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