strike up a (conversation/friendship)

Meaning(s)

1. create or establish a conversation or friendship with another person

Popularity

High

Professional

High

Social

Check Icon How to Memorize

strike up a conversation with someone at a party

Check Icon 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. 

Check Icon 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.

Check Icon 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.

Related Links