strike

1) The verb could mean ‘to paint an image’.

1639 To Mr Horsley for strikeing my Lord Deputyes coate on the organs 4s, York: Edward Horsley was a painter and stainer of note in the city, in whose will were books of armory ... coulors ... grynding stones and oyle belonging to [his] trade.

places York
dates 1639

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2) A metathesized spelling of stirk, a bullock or heifer up to two years old.

1457 duas vaccas et ij strikkis de stauro meo, Howden

1495 ‘to keep ... twenty cows and ... deliver annually ... ten strykes worth 4s each’, Burton on Ure

1589 unto me two doughters Jene and Margret ether of them one cowe and two partes of two strykes and one stryk to Margret only besyedes, Abbotside.

dates 1457 1495 1589

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3) A dry measure for corn, peas, etc and the vessel holding that amount.

1316 ‘demands against Adam Kenward for 2 full strikes of oat meal & 2 separate strikes, Holmfirth

1527 euery on of them oon strike barlie, Sherburn

c.1534 4 new mawndys for hoppes ... one Stryke, Bridlington

1558 I gyve to Jenet Smyth one strike of malte, Monk Fryston. Used also as a verb. The measure was considered to be levelled by the hand or a strickle, not heaped: 1642 When wee sende our Corne to mill wee allwayes strike all cleane of, yet the use is in most places to hand wave it and not to strike it, Elmswell.

dates 1316 1527 1534 1558 1642

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