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Can I change the underlined part ‘were struck a blow’ with ‘were struck by a blow’ in the following sentence, without changing its meaning?
Former clients of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s European arm were struck a blow Friday after the U.K. High Court said it couldn't approve a plan to expedite the return of around $9 billion of their assets.
Isn’t the first sentence trying to convey the same thing metaphorically? The clients of Lehman Brothers were devasted by the news.