To strike up

To cause to sound; to begin to beat
To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune.
- Shak.
To raise (as sheet metal), in making diahes, pans, etc., by blows or pressure in a die.
to commence to play as a musician; to begin to sound, as an instrument.
- Shak.

See also: Strike, Strike, Strike, Strike

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.