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Synonyms of hit in English:


  • 1 she hit her child
    whip, flog, cane
    informal whack, wallop, bash, bop, clout, clip, clobber, sock, swipe, crown, beat the living daylights out of, knock someone around, belt, tan, lay into, let someone have it, deck, floor, slug
    literary smite
  • 2 a car hit the barrier
    crash into, run into, smash into, smack into, knock into, bump into, plow into, collide with, meet head-on, impact
  • 3 informal spending will hit $180 million
    reach, touch, arrive at, rise to, climb to
  • 4 it hit me that I had forgotten
    occur to, strike, dawn on, come to;
    enter one's head, cross one's mind, come to mind, spring to one's mind
  • noun

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  • 1 he received a hit from behind
    blow, thump, punch, knock, bang, cuff, slap, smack, spank, tap, crack, stroke, welt, karate chop;
    impact, collision, bump, crash
    informal whack, thwack, wallop, bash, belt, clout, sock, swipe, clip, slug
  • 2 he directed many big hits
    success, box-office success, sellout, winner, triumph, sensation;
    informal smash, smash hit, megahit, knockout, crowd-pleaser, chart-topper, chart-buster, wow, biggie, number one
    [Antonyms] failure
  • Phrases

    hit back
    if you're gonna come after me with lies and innuendo, I'm gonna hit back
    retaliate, respond, reply, react, counter, defend oneself
    hit hard
    the tragedy hit her hard
    devastate, affect badly, hurt, harm, leave a mark on;
    upset, shatter, crush, shock, overwhelm, traumatize
    hit home
    the documentary on teen suicide painfully hit home
    have the intended effect, strike home, hit the mark, register, be understood, get through, sink in
    hit it off
    informal Mark and Mika hit it off almost immediately
    get on well, get along, get on, be friends, be friendly, be compatible, be well matched, feel a rapport, see eye to eye, take to each other, warm to each other
    informal click, get on like a house on fire, be on the same wavelength
    hit on/upon
  • 1.1 he hit on the truth Cagney hit upon a great idea for the finale
    discover, come up with, think of, conceive of, dream up, work out, invent, create, devise, design, pioneer;
    uncover, stumble on, happen upon, chance on, light on, come upon
  • 2.1 he tried to hit on me
    flirt with, show interest in, make eyes at, come on to, make advances to/toward
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