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Strike a tent

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Strike a tent to take it down
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strĂ­can; Ger. streichen, to move, to strike.

Usage

In literature:

As he was drying his face Simba came for the guns, and a half-dozen of the porters prepared to strike and furl the tent.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
When I arrive at the tent of this lady I will strike a stake with my stick.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
Striking our tent in the gardens of Tarsus, we again crossed the Cydnus, and took a northern course across the plain.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
Again, soldiers have been known before this to pitch and strike a tent.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, June 6, 1891" by Various
We resumed the march, and striking off the road came to a rough clearing where the tent was already being erected by an advance party.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
And he smoked a cigar, and gave me a whole lot of vesuvians to strike by myself behind a tent.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
The little party of visitors in the general's personal tent made a striking contrast to that assembled under the official canvas.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
As if I didn't already have troubles enough here, the tent-men go on a strike for more money.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
A few days later, word came to strike tents and proceed on to London, some three miles distant.
"Our Battery" by Orlando P. Cutter
Striking a light I found the upright tent pole near my feet broken in two.
"To Lhassa at Last" by Powell Millington
Saves a lot of time having no tents to set up or strike.
"Draw Swords!" by George Manville Fenn
They could strike the tent and make a big sail of it.
"The Corner House Girls on Palm Island" by Grace Brooks Hill
The interior of the tent itself had a striking effect.
"Travels in the Interior of North America, Part I, (Being Chapters I-XV of the London Edition, 1843)" by Alexander Philipp Maximilian, Prince of Wied
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