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strike a chord

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strike a chord create an emotional response "The music struck a chord with the listeners"
    • v strike a chord evoke a reaction, response, or emotion "this writer strikes a chord with young women","The storyteller touched a chord"
    • v strike a chord refer to or be relevant or familiar to "I hope this message hits home!"
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Idioms

Strike a chord - If strikes a chord, it is familiar to you, reminds you of something or is connected to you somehow.
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Usage

In literature:

And yet there was much in Brussels to strike a responsive chord in her powerful imagination.
"The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 1" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Once more she strikes the chords, and now with a bolder hand.
"Antonina" by Wilkie Collins
She is heard to strike a few chords on the piano.
"Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen
Some one was striking the preliminary chords of a volkslied on his favorite instrument, a Rhaetian variation of the zither.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
Sometimes, indeed, we do make an actual motor response to two or more stimuli, as when we strike a chord of several notes on the piano.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
He strikes the chords with a master's hands.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Sonnenkamp knew that Clodwig was, of all things else, a patriot, and he was ready to strike this chord.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
That is a luxury which writers can enjoy, unknown people feel that they are friends when they strike a sympathetic chord.
"Letters of a Javanese Princess" by Raden Adjeng Kartini
Mona strikes a chord that presently flings harmony to the winds.
"Mrs. Geoffrey" by Duchess
The remaining play of the trilogy performed in 438 strikes a chord that proved more dangerous to Euripides.
"Euripedes and His Age" by Gilbert Murray
There was no chord of the heart the orator did not strike, as with a master-hand.
"The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1" by Daniel Webster
Why, he seems to have a knack for striking wonderfully fine chords, it seems to me.
"Boy Scouts: Tenderfoot Squad" by Alan Douglas
The beautiful faith of the poet seemed to strike a new chord in his being.
"A Gamble with Life" by Silas K. Hocking
Striking a few rattling chords, he started off on an old familiar song, calling on all the company to join.
"The Little Colonel in Arizona" by Annie Fellows Johnston
His fondness for clean, honest sport of all kinds will strike a chord of sympathy among athletic youths.
"The Ranger Boys Outwit the Timber Thieves" by Claude A. Labelle
Somehow, the description of the man seemed to strike a familiar chord in him.
"The Iron Boys on the Ore Boats" by James R. Mears
There are certain bird-notes that strike strange chords whose vibrations are lost in a mist of dreams.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
Every now and again his face seems to strike on a chord of my memory.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
She knew it thoroughly and would play upon him like a piano, striking what chords she wished.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
In that case sight of any photograph would possibly strike a false chord in your memory.
"The Voice from the Void" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

Strike not a single, trembling chord,
In the heart-lyre;
But wake the full and sweet accord
Of every wire.
"To A Poet" by James Avis Bartley
Two lovers move in the crowd like a link of music,
We press upon them, we hold them, and let them pass;
A chord of music strikes us and straight we tremble;
We tremble like wind-blown grass.
"The House Of Dust: Part 02: 07:" by Conrad Potter Aiken
If a singer cherishes
Idle dreams or idle words,
You shall judge--and you'll forgive: for, far away or nigh,
Still abides that Vision without which a people perishes:
Love will strike the atoning chords!
Hark--there comes a cry!
"Drake" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

Bronner's essay suggesting that there is a need in Alabama to become modern strikes a chord.
New operators of bowling alley strike a chord.
The president strikes a Christmas chord as he appears in a Pennsylvania toy factory to urge support for his tax plan.
Science editor Alan Boyle's blog: Forty years after the last moonshot, Apollo 17 still strikes a chord, even for Americans who weren't alive when the mission was launched.
"The issues of corruption and frustration that he sang about still strike a chord with Nigerians today," he adds.
It strikes a chord of nostalgia in you because she's done so many flights from the space center.
A sea of white cotton strikes a chord that no other crop can match and the beauty of an open boll is timeless.
Her latest column to appear in The Marietta Times is timely, well written and strikes a chord with me.
Does the name "Flash Cadillac" strike a familiar chord.
Young Goalie Strikes A New Chord With Homemade Guitar.
Her name strikes a chord of regret in the hearts of millions of folks who were, once upon a time, college students.
LJ recently asked librarians to tell us what they, and their patrons, thought of their ILSs, and their answers will strike a chord.
The home department of ShopKo's new prototype in Green Bay, Wis. Takes a cue from specialty -store retailing and is striking a resonant chord with shoppers.
Casablanca Restaurant continues to strike a memorable culinary chord Should Pacific Avenue be closed off to traffic.
It is one of those songs that strikes a chord in all of us.
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