ADJ

long, short
broad, thick
narrow, thin
bold, vigorous
She caught his likeness with a few bold brush strokes
even
quick, slow
downward, upward
brush, pen, pencil

PHRASES

with a stroke of the pen
With a stroke of the pen our names were removed from the register

ADJ

fast, slow
powerful
The Romanian rowers pulled ahead with fast, powerful strokes
backhand, forehand (in tennis, etc.)

VERB + STROKE

play
He played some powerful backhand strokes throughout the game

PREP

by a, two, etc. ~ (in golf)
Woods leads by two strokes

PHRASES

a/two, etc. strokes ahead/behind (in golf)

ADJ

long, short
He swam back with long slow strokes
fast, slow
back (also backstroke), breast (also breaststroke)

VERB + STROKE

do, swim
You can't swim more than four strokes before you reach the other side

ADJ

crippling, massive, serious
minor, slight
fatal

VERB + STROKE

have, suffer
She had a massive stroke and lost her speech

STROKE + VERB

leave sb …
The stroke left him paralysed down his right side

STROKE + NOUN

patient, victim

ADJ

sudden
I had a sudden stroke of inspiration

VERB + STROKE

have

PREP

at a/one ~
They lost half their fortune at a stroke
~ of
a stroke of genius

PHRASES

a stroke of (good/bad) luck, a stroke of (good) fortune