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 Strike Amain.Strike Sail. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Strike a Bargain (To).
In Latin, fœdus ferre; in Greek, horkia temein. The allusion is to the Greek and Roman custom of making sacrifice in concluding an agreement or bargain. After calling the gods to witness, they struck—i.e. slew—the victim which was offered in sacrifice. The modern English custom is simply to strike or shake hands.   1

 Strike Amain.Strike Sail. 


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