strike a blow


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Verb1.strike a blow - affect adverselystrike a blow - affect adversely; "The court ruling struck a blow at the old segregation laws"
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
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Your Honor, as I have testified, I did not strike a blow.
I will take care of that," replied the bishop, "and in order to begin, I am going to strike a blow which will completely stupefy our man.
The fiery Biscayan was the first to strike a blow, which was delivered with such force and fury that had not the sword turned in its course, that single stroke would have sufficed to put an end to the bitter struggle and to all the adventures of our knight; but that good fortune which reserved him for greater things, turned aside the sword of his adversary, so that although it smote him upon the left shoulder, it did him no more harm than to strip all that side of its armour, carrying away a great part of his helmet with half of his ear, all which with fearful ruin fell to the ground, leaving him in a sorry plight.
Not as an ordinary mortal might strike a blow did Tarzan of the Apes strike; but with the maddened frenzy of a wild beast backed by the steel thews which his wild, arboreal boyhood had bequeathed him.
But let us consider this further point: Is not he who can best strike a blow in a boxing match or in any kind of fighting best able to ward off a blow?
I do not find that even one of them is competent to strike a blow for his country if she needs him.