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 Strike (1 syl.).Strike a Bargain (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Strike Amain.
 
Yield or suffer the consequences. The defiance of a man-of-war to a hostile ship. To strike amain is to lower the topsail in token of submission. To wave a naked sword amain is a symbolical command to a hostile ship to lower her topsail.   1
 


 Strike (1 syl.).Strike a Bargain (To). 

 
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