to strike up
"strike up a conversation"
"strike up a friendship"
- The student center is a good place to strike up conversations.
- My therapist told me to go to a bar and strike up a conversation with a complete stranger.
- In my day oral proficiency was neglected because professors maintained that the purpose of foreign language study was to become acquainted with its literature, and not to strike up a conversation with the illiterates who happened to be its native speakers, which leads us to the conclusion that what constitutes a natural sounding sentence may be quite subjective.
- Moreover, since it is not known whether and to what extent the law regulating strikes was applied to the event in question, it is not possible on the one hand to conclude that the event was so serious as to make it necessary for the public authorities to order the striking transporters to give up the strike in order to protect the constitutional rights of other citizens, and on the other hand to exclude that in compliance with the said law, adequate precautions to minimise or cancel the effects of the strike may have been taken.