Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

strike up a (conversation/friendship)

strike up a conversationstrike up a friendship
Meaning(s)
1) create or establish a conversation or friendship with another person
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • strike up a conversation with someone at a party
  • Analysis

    The phrasal verb 'strike up' means to begin a conversation or a relationship with someone in a casual way. To 'strike up' can also mean to begin to do something or to begin to play music. 

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Brian moved into the student residence at the same time I did, and we very quickly struck up a friendship.
    2. The band struck up a tune as soon as the Mayor arrived.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I would have liked the chance to strike up a conversation with my boss at the function, but there were too many people milling around her.
    2. It's much easier to reach a deal if you can strike up a friendship with the person you're negotiating with. That's one of the reasons good social skills are so important in business.
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