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 for To strike a balance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Strike \Strike\, v. t. [imp. Struck; p. p. Struck,
     Stricken({Stroock">Stricken({Stroock, Strucken, Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Striking. Struck is more commonly used in the p. p. than
     stricken.] [OE. striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS.
     str[imac]can to go, proceed, akin to D. strijken to rub,
     stroke, strike, to move, go, G. streichen, OHG.
     str[imac]hhan, L. stringere to touch lightly, to graze, to
     strip off (but perhaps not to L. stringere in sense to draw
     tight), striga a row, a furrow. Cf. Streak, Stroke.]
     1. To touch or hit with some force, either with the hand or
        with an instrument; to smite; to give a blow to, either
        with the hand or with any instrument or missile.
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              He at Philippi kept
              His sword e'en like a dancer; while I struck
              The lean and wrinkled Cassius.        --Shak.
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     2. To come in collision with; to strike against; as, a bullet
        struck him; the wave struck the boat amidships; the ship
        struck a reef.
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     3. To give, as a blow; to impel, as with a blow; to give a
        force to; to dash; to cast.
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              They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the
              two sideposts.                        --Ex. xii. 7.
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              Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow.
                                                    --Byron.
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     4. To stamp or impress with a stroke; to coin; as, to strike
        coin from metal: to strike dollars at the mint.
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     5. To thrust in; to cause to enter or penetrate; to set in
        the earth; as, a tree strikes its roots deep.
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     6. To punish; to afflict; to smite.
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              To punish the just is not good, nor strike princes
              for equity.                           --Prov. xvii.
                                                    26.
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     7. To cause to sound by one or more beats; to indicate or
        notify by audible strokes; as, the clock strikes twelve;
        the drums strike up a march.
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     8. To lower; to let or take down; to remove; as, to strike
        sail; to strike a flag or an ensign, as in token of
        surrender; to strike a yard or a topmast in a gale; to
        strike a tent; to strike the centering of an arch.
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     9. To make a sudden impression upon, as by a blow; to affect
        sensibly with some strong emotion; as, to strike the mind,
        with surprise; to strike one with wonder, alarm, dread, or
        horror.
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              Nice works of art strike and surprise us most on the
              first view.                           --Atterbury.
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              They please as beauties, here as wonders strike.
                                                    --Pope.
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     10. To affect in some particular manner by a sudden
         impression or impulse; as, the plan proposed strikes me
         favorably; to strike one dead or blind.
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               How often has stricken you dumb with his irony!
                                                    --Landor.
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     11. To cause or produce by a stroke, or suddenly, as by a
         stroke; as, to strike a light.
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               Waving wide her myrtle wand,
               She strikes a universal peace through sea and land.
                                                    --Milton.
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     12. To cause to ignite; as, to strike a match.
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     13. To make and ratify; as, to strike a bargain.
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     Note: Probably borrowed from the L. foedus ferrire, to strike
           a compact, so called because an animal was struck and
           killed as a sacrifice on such occasions.
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     14. To take forcibly or fraudulently; as, to strike money.
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     15. To level, as a measure of grain, salt, or the like, by
         scraping off with a straight instrument what is above the
         level of the top.
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     16. (Masonry) To cut off, as a mortar joint, even with the
         face of the wall, or inward at a slight angle.
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     17. To hit upon, or light upon, suddenly; as, my eye struck a
         strange word; they soon struck the trail.
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     18. To borrow money of; to make a demand upon; as, he struck
         a friend for five dollars. [Slang]
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     19. To lade into a cooler, as a liquor. --B. Edwards.
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     20. To stroke or pass lightly; to wave.
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               Behold, I thought, He will . . . strike his hand
               over the place, and recover the leper. --2 Kings v.
                                                    11.
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     21. To advance; to cause to go forward; -- used only in past
         participle. "Well struck in years." --Shak.
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     To strike an attitude, To strike a balance. See under
        Attitude, and Balance.
  
     To strike a jury (Law), to constitute a special jury
        ordered by a court, by each party striking out a certain
        number of names from a prepared list of jurors, so as to
        reduce it to the number of persons required by law.
        --Burrill.
  
     To strike a lead.
         (a) (Mining) To find a vein of ore.
         (b) Fig.: To find a way to fortune. [Colloq.]
  
     To strike a ledger or To strike an account, to balance
        it.
  
     To strike hands with.
         (a) To shake hands with. --Halliwell.
         (b) To make a compact or agreement with; to agree with.
             
  
     To strike off.
         (a) To erase from an account; to deduct; as, to strike
             off the interest of a debt.
         (b) (Print.) To impress; to print; as, to strike off a
             thousand copies of a book.
         (c) To separate by a blow or any sudden action; as, to
             strike off what is superfluous or corrupt.
  
     To strike oil, to find petroleum when boring for it;
        figuratively, to make a lucky hit financially. [Slang,
        U.S.]
  
     To strike one luck, to shake hands with one and wish good
        luck. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
  
     To strike out.
         (a) To produce by collision; to force out, as, to strike
             out sparks with steel.
         (b) To blot out; to efface; to erase. "To methodize is as
             necessary as to strike out." --Pope.
         (c) To form by a quick effort; to devise; to invent; to
             contrive, as, to strike out a new plan of finance.
         (d) (Baseball) To cause a player to strike out; -- said
             of the pitcher. See To strike out, under Strike,
             v. i.
  
     To strike sail. See under Sail.
  
     To strike up.
         (a) To cause to sound; to begin to beat. "Strike up the
             drums." --Shak.
         (b) To begin to sing or play; as, to strike up a tune.
         (c) To raise (as sheet metal), in making diahes, pans,
             etc., by blows or pressure in a die.
  
     To strike work, to quit work; to go on a strike.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Balance \Bal"ance\ (b[a^]l"ans), n. [OE. balaunce, F. balance,
     fr. L. bilanx, bilancis, having two scales; bis twice (akin
     to E. two) + lanx plate, scale.]
     1. An apparatus for weighing.
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     Note: In its simplest form, a balance consists of a beam or
           lever supported exactly in the middle, having two
           scales or basins of equal weight suspended from its
           extremities. Another form is that of the Roman balance,
           our steelyard, consisting of a lever or beam, suspended
           near one of its extremities, on the longer arm of which
           a counterpoise slides. The name is also given to other
           forms of apparatus for weighing bodies, as to the
           combinations of levers making up platform scales; and
           even to devices for weighing by the elasticity of a
           spring.
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     2. Act of weighing mentally; comparison; estimate.
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              A fair balance of the advantages on either side.
                                                    --Atterbury.
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     3. Equipoise between the weights in opposite scales.
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     4. The state of being in equipoise; equilibrium; even
        adjustment; steadiness.
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              And hung a bottle on each side
              To make his balance true.             --Cowper.
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              The order and balance of the country were destroyed.
                                                    --Buckle.
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              English workmen completely lose their balance. --J.
                                                    S. Mill.
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     5. An equality between the sums total of the two sides of an
        account; as, to bring one's accounts to a balance; --
        also, the excess on either side; as, the balance of an
        account. "A balance at the banker's." --Thackeray.
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              I still think the balance of probabilities leans
              towards the account given in the text. --J. Peile.
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     6. (Horol.) A balance wheel, as of a watch, or clock. See
        Balance wheel (in the Vocabulary).
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     7. (Astron.)
        (a) The constellation Libra.
        (b) The seventh sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which
            the sun enters at the equinox in September.
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     8. A movement in dancing. See Balance, v. t., 8.
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     Balance electrometer, a kind of balance, with a poised
        beam, which indicates, by weights suspended from one arm,
        the mutual attraction of oppositely electrified surfaces.
        --Knight.
  
     Balance fish. (Zool.) See Hammerhead.
  
     Balance knife, a carving or table knife the handle of which
        overbalances the blade, and so keeps it from contact with
        the table.
  
     Balance of power (Politics), such an adjustment of power
        among sovereign states that no one state is in a position
        to interfere with the independence of the others;
        international equilibrium; also, the ability (of a state
        or a third party within a state) to control the relations
        between sovereign states or between dominant parties in a
        state.
  
     Balance sheet (Bookkeeping), a paper showing the balances
        of the open accounts of a business, the debit and credit
        balances footing up equally, if the system of accounts be
        complete and the balances correctly taken.
  
     Balance thermometer, a thermometer mounted as a balance so
        that the movement of the mercurial column changes the
        inclination of the tube. With the aid of electrical or
        mechanical devices adapted to it, it is used for the
        automatic regulation of the temperature of rooms warmed
        artificially, and as a fire alarm.
  
     Balance of torsion. See Torsion Balance.
  
     Balance of trade (Pol. Econ.), an equilibrium between the
        money values of the exports and imports of a country; or
        more commonly, the amount required on one side or the
        other to make such an equilibrium.
  
     Balance valve, a valve whose surfaces are so arranged that
        the fluid pressure tending to seat, and that tending to
        unseat, the valve, are nearly in equilibrium; esp., a
        puppet valve which is made to operate easily by the
        admission of steam to both sides. See Puppet valve.
  
     Hydrostatic balance. See under Hydrostatic.
  
     To lay in balance, to put up as a pledge or security.
        [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
     To strike a balance, to find out the difference between the
        debit and credit sides of an account.
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