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Could someone please explain how come "to strike" as in "strike a deal" comes to mean "to agree to" based on its basic meaning of hitting something? Does this "to strike" relate to "to stamp (to hit) a seal on"?

Hiro
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Think of striking/hitting a target.
Or of having a handshake with the other person.
Hi Hiro,

Could someone please explain how come "to strike" as in "strike a deal" comes to mean "to agree to" based on its basic meaning of hitting something? Does this "to strike" relate to "to stamp (to hit) a seal on"?

I'd say it's more likely to refer to shaking (ie touching) hands after arriving at an agreement. The origin is from the Latin stringere - to touch.

Best wishes, Clive
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Uh-ha! Then it closely relates to "strike hands on something," doesn't it? You strike hands --- it's not just to hold somebody else's hand but you thrust your hand, touch his hand with it so hard you almost hit it, and shake his, right?

Best,

Hiro
The expression you hear is shake hands.
Hi.

I was just referring to the usage below. It wouldn't be used much, then?

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/strike

strike hands, to conclude a bargain, as by shaking or joining hands; confirm an agreement: They reached a price satisfactory to both of them, and struck hands on it.

Hiro
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Hi Hiro,

I don't recall ever hearing that expression. It sounds archaic to me.

Clive
Clive
I'd say it's more likely to refer to shaking (ie touching) hands after arriving at an agreement. The origin is from the Latin stringere - to touch.
Marius HancuThink of having a handshake with the other person.
Could you please enlighten me on how "striking" leads to a "handshake"? I don't see any hard hitting in a handshake. Please help.

Hiro

Hi Hiro,

I think you are trying too hard to find significance in the word 'strike'. 'To strike a deal' is just a standard phrase that has evolved.

I interpret striking in 'strike a deal' as referring more to decisiveness and finality than to actual hitting.

You might like to also consider a phrase like 'When I met her, she struck me asan intelligent person'. The meaning here is that this was the immediate, quick impression I received. She didn't actually hit me.Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive

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