strike down

strike down
verb
1. cause to die, especially suddenly
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The disease struck down many young men in the village

Hypernyms: ↑kill
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s somebody

2. cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
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strike down a tree

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Lightning struck down the hikers

Syn: ↑fell, ↑drop, ↑cut down
Derivationally related forms: ↑feller (for: ↑fell), ↑fell (for: ↑fell)
Hypernyms: ↑cut
Hyponyms: ↑chop down, ↑poleax, ↑poleaxe, ↑log, ↑lumber, ↑cut
Cause: ↑descend, ↑fall, ↑go down, ↑come down
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

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They strike down the trees

3. declare null and void; make ineffective
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Cancel the election results

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strike down a law

Syn: ↑cancel
Derivationally related forms: ↑cancellation (for: ↑cancel), ↑cancel (for: ↑cancel)
Hypernyms: ↑declare, ↑adjudge, ↑hold
Hyponyms:
revoke, ↑annul, ↑lift, ↑countermand, ↑reverse, ↑repeal, ↑overturn, ↑rescind, ↑vacate, ↑remit, ↑write off, ↑invalidate, ↑quash, ↑void, ↑avoid, ↑nullify, ↑recall
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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strike down [phrasal verb]
1 strike (someone) down
1 a : to make (someone) unable to work, act, or function in the usual way
— usually used as (be) struck down

She was struck down by an injury at the height of her athletic career.

1 b : to cause (someone) to die suddenly
— usually used as (be) struck down

He was struck down by a heart attack at age 55.

2 strike (something) down or strike down (something) chiefly US, law : to say officially that (something) is no longer legally valid

The board struck down the appointment.

The Supreme Court struck down the law.

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Main Entry:strike

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  • strike down — 1) PHRASAL VERB: usu passive If someone is struck down, especially by an illness, they are killed or severely harmed. [WRITTEN] [be V ed P] Frank had been struck down by a massive heart attack. [V ed P] ...a great sporting hero, struck down at 49 …   English dictionary

  • strike down — transitive verb Date: 1779 annul, nullify < the board struck down the appointment >; especially to declare (a law) illegal and unenforceable < the Supreme Court struck down the law > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • strike — [strīk] vt. struck, struck or occas. (but for vt. 11 commonly and for vt. 8 & 15 usually) stricken, striking, [ME striken, to proceed, flow, strike with rod or sword < OE strican, to go, proceed, advance, akin to Ger streichen < IE * streig …   English World dictionary

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