1. (UK Und.) a sovereign, a guinea [SE strike, to mint a coin].
|Hell Upon Earth 6: Strike, Twenty Shillings.|
|Memoirs (1714) 14: Strike, Twenty Shillings.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: strike. Twenty shillings.|
|New Dict. Cant (1795) n.p.: strike, a guinea.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Life and Trial of James Mackcoull 26: He could not at that moment command a strike.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|‘The Christening of Little Joey’ in Corinthian in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 45: I have done one cull twice, with between fifteen and sixteen strike in his sack.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
2. a watch [SE strike, to ring the time].
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
3. (US) a failure to seduce [baseball imagery].
|DN II:i 65: strike, n. In phrase ‘go on strike’, to be infatuated.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Tomboy (1952) 186: The girl stared back at him, and [...] turned and went through a doorway marked ladies. ‘Strike one!’ Seven said, laughing.|
4. (US Und.) an arrest and the prison sentence that follows; thus two strikes, two terms in prison; three strikes, three arrests and the mandatory life sentence that follows in many states [baseball imagery, three strikes and you’re out].
|TAD Lex. (1993) 85: (IS: Listening to a crape [sic] hanger tell the cashier how tough the going is these days) Yep he’s always got 2 strikes on him.in Zwilling|
|Really the Blues 267: You know I ain’t pink, and I got two strikes against me now.|
|Westsiders 191: You know why California has all the prisons? Why it has all the three-strikes-and-you’re-out?|
5. (US) any position of weakness [baseball imagery].
|New Republic 26 Jan. 336/1: All movements for social good will [...] have two strikes on them before they start [OED].|
|Parole Chief 111: [We want] to send you out of here into something that won’t start you off with two strikes against you.|
|Food, Drug [...] Law Jrnl 26 425: Most manufacturers enter these hearings with the feeling they have two strikes on them before they start.|
6. (US prison) a disciplinary charge [baseball imagery].
|Gonif 20: Even two strikes puts you out of the lineup at the Big L.|
SE in slang uses
(US) a woman who takes advantage of a temporary estrangement to date the male of a couple.
|Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL) 14 Sept. 4/4: The Flappers’ Dictionary [...] Strike breaker: Young woman who goes with her friend’s steady while there is a coolness.|
to be lucky, to be successful.
|World of Graft 46: If I leave town lookin’ seedy an’ come back swell, they know ’t I’ve made a strike somewhere.|
|Brand Blotters (1912) 14: Right about now he’s ridin’ the grub line, unless he’s made a strike somewhere.|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 168: If we don’t make a strike, we’ll hitchhike back.|
(US) to do well, to succeed.
|Black-Eyed Beauty 46: Make a ten-strike if you know how, and cut!|
|Enemy to Society 37: You ain’t a-goin’ to make any ten strike if you follow that dope.|
|Hand-made Fables 197: He suggested that Mr. Roxworthy could make a ten-strike with the Tall-Grass Statesman by showing him a Swell Time.|