Definition of hit in English:

hit

Syllabification: hit

verb (hits, hitting, hit)

[with object]
1Bring one’s hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully: the woman hit the mugger with her umbrella [no object]: use your words, but do not hit the police hit out with billy clubs
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  • The feel of his boot hitting my side brought pain.
  • She let her gaze rest on the slipper for a moment, then brought it forward and hit it on her head.
  • And if you encounter any Mizaya, remember that the only way you can kill them with your weapons is by hitting them in the eyes.
Synonyms
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
1.1Accidentally strike (part of one’s body) against something, often causing injury: she fainted and hit her head on the metal bedstead
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  • Trinity gasped as she sat up, her side hurt from hitting herself in her sleep.
  • I managed to swerve and avoid hitting them but I grazed the bicycle and we all fell.
  • It was so dark out in the halls that he did not see the door and wound up hitting his head against it.
1.2(Of a moving object or body) come into contact with (someone or something stationary) quickly and forcefully: a car hit the barrier
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  • It is believed he was hit by a car and fell backwards, suffering serious head injuries which led to his death 10 days later.
  • The sound of a toolbox hitting the ground brought her head back around.
  • The feel of his arm around me as he made sure my feet hit the ground brought me back to a time I missed.
Synonyms
crash into, run into, smash into, smack into, knock into, bump into, plow into, collide with, meet head-on, impact
1.3 informal Touch or press (part of a machine or other device) in order to work it: he picked up the phone and hit several buttons
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  • Thank you to everyone who hit the Laptop Fund Paypal button in the past two weeks.
  • He pulled out two dollars and put it in the machine before hitting the Mountain Dew button.
  • He hit the gate control button and the gate lifted, allowing for the van to pass through.
2Cause harm or distress to: the area has been badly hit by business closures
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  • I believe the charging regime is hitting local York businesses hard, and have never seen Micklegate so quiet as it has been in recent weeks.
  • News that the property was to be demolished and redeveloped came as a relief to businesses which had been hit by the closure.
  • Clearly, the downward turn in the business cycle is hitting Germany hard.
2.1 [no object] (hit out) Make a strongly worded criticism or attack: he hit out at suppliers for hyping their products
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  • Police in Swindon have hit back at criticism over rising burglary rates.
  • However, staff have hit back at the criticism saying the pub's business was being affected.
  • Traffic chiefs have hit back at criticism that they are using speed cameras to make money, rather than save lives.
Synonyms
retaliate, respond, reply, react, counter, defend oneself
2.2(Of a disaster) occur in and cause damage to (an area) suddenly: the country was hit by a major earthquake
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  • The next stop was Seenigama, a small fishing village that was severely hit by the disaster.
  • But on the afternoon of their Edinburgh debut, their show was hit by disaster.
  • What's the pattern of response from government, when disaster hits?
2.3 informal , chiefly North American Attack and rob or kill: if they’re cops, maybe it’s not a good idea to have them hit
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  • Computer thieves hit Mesh Computers last night and swiped its office admin PCs.
2.4 informal Be affected by (an unfortunate and unexpected circumstance or event): the opening of the town center hit a snag
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  • A group were handing out leaflets at the weekend in part of Oldham, hit by recent race riots, when police moved in.
  • The management committee at the St Michael's Centre is understood to have been hit by a massive rent increase.
  • Others report that some of BT's websites have also been hit by the snag.
3(Of a missile or a person aiming one) strike (a target): the sniper fired and hit a third man
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  • Mr Sykes, 52, an epileptic, was nearly hit by the missiles and later suffered a minor fit he blames on the attack.
  • It had not been hit by a missile either, nor had there been an onboard fire.
  • The missiles hit the target with a force the size of the planet they were orbiting.
3.1 informal Reach (a particular level, point, or figure): his career hit rock bottom
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  • Zimbabwe faces its fourth straight year of falling growth, while inflation is likely to hit triple figures.
  • The advent of the free Metro newspapers in the main cities is likely to hit these figures even more.
  • Consumer optimism continues to rise, hitting its highest level since November 2001.
Synonyms
reach, touch, arrive at, rise to, climb to
3.2 informal Arrive at or go to (a place): we hit a diner for coffee and doughnuts it was still night when we hit the outskirts of Chicago
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  • On Wednesday it's East London's turn and on Thursday the show hits Port Elizabeth.
  • However, he was slightly upstaged by the huge cheer that greeted the first shaft of sunlight to hit Centre Court.
  • The McDonald's travelling caravan hits Montreal this Friday night at the Maurice Richard arena.
3.3Be suddenly and vividly realized by: [with object and clause]: it hit her that I wanted to settle down here
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  • Suddenly the realization hits Jake like a ton of bricks - his old nemesis is back to settle one final score.
  • The realization suddenly hit Sahara like a train crashing through a farm house.
  • Realization hit Alsan like a blow as the brigand walked over to the twins' open coffin.
Synonyms
occur to, strike, dawn on, come to;
enter one's head, cross one's mind, come to mind, spring to one's mind
3.4 [no object] informal (Of a piece of music, film, or play) be successful: actors are promised a pay increase if a show hits
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  • You can expect a lot of touring, live performances; we got mixtapes and music videos hitting too.
3.5 [no object] Take effect: we sat waiting for the caffeine to hit
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  • He is finding it more and more difficult to walk as the effects of kidney failure hit.
  • Well, that triple dose of antihistamines really hit me on the way home from work last night.
  • I said slowly as I began to feel the first drink hitting me.
3.6 informal Give (someone) a dose of a drug or an alcoholic drink.
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  • He might spot them in time to hit me with another dose of the sedative and then I'd be in deep, deep trouble.
3.7 informal (Of a product) become available and make an impact on: the latest board game to hit the market
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  • The first revenue from Samba sales began rolling in last month, even before the product hits UK shelves.
  • And the Bill Clinton autobiography hits stores this week.
3.8 informal Used to express the idea that someone is taking up a pursuit or taking it seriously: more and more teenagers are hitting the books
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  • So after a late lunch at Belgo's, with Ken coming along for a drink, we finally hit Borders.
  • They were hitting this store as quickly as they could to look for those items that they saw advertised.
  • She, Elaina and Lauren had stayed out all night, hitting all the parties on the campus.
3.9 (hit someone for/up for) North American informal Ask someone for: she was waiting for the right moment to hit her mother for some cash
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  • The State already hits you for €40 every year just for having a credit card.
  • We hit you for 25 bucks (real world translation of the sales babble of $24.95) and 5 bucks to get it to you.
  • Having already hit them for £5 billion, they want to take more.
4Propel (a ball) with a bat, racket, stick, etc., to score or attempt to score runs or points in a game.
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  • Under pressure to hit it quickly, the midfielder boomed his shot high over the crossbar.
  • But Kitna quieted them quickly, hitting his first two passes for 25 yards.
  • Mealey has a knack for hitting the hole quickly and bouncing off defenders.
4.1Score (runs or points) by hitting a ball with a bat, racket, or stick: he had hit 25 home runs
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  • Most nights, Kent would decline to shake hands when returning to the dugout after scoring a run or hitting a home run.
  • Peter Allen hits a home run off of Carol Channing, scoring two runs.
  • So, if you hit a home run you get one because you have scored.
4.2 [no object] Baseball (Of a batter) make a base hit.
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  • The following batter hits a single over the the head of the second baseman.
  • Can you tell me when Babe Ruth hit his first and last home runs in his banner season of 1927?
  • A cycle is completed when a batter hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.

noun

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1An instance of striking or being struck: few structures can withstand a hit from a speeding car
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  • He looked up, familiarity striking him like a hit to the head with a blunt object.
  • Instead of a quick hit or slap, we now saw and heard a sustained series of blows.
  • I'd felt several different hits when the horse knocked me down but hadn't really assessed the damage yet.
Synonyms
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
1.1A verbal attack: he could not resist a hit at his friend’s religiosity
1.2 informal , chiefly North American A murder, typically one planned and carried out by a criminal organization.
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  • He had been offered $50,000 to carry out the hit, and was jailed for life for the contract killing.
  • Mr Hale claims he has also received underworld information which points to the murder being a professional hit.
  • There was no secret as to the identity of the organisation that carried out the hits or its demands.
1.3 Baseball short for base hit.
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  • In game two, pitcher Alisha Seifert '05 scattered three hits leading to the complete-game shutout of the Knights.
  • He threw only 21 of 42 pitches for strikes, allowed three hits and walked three.
  • Greinke, who allowed just four hits and struck out five, left with a 1-lead.
2An instance of striking the target aimed at: one of the bombers had scored a direct hit
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  • Results were impressive with the longest bomb only 50 ft away from the target and many direct hits.
  • Two of the targets received direct hits from above, while the rest were sprayed by numerous fragments.
  • The Gardai have scored some direct hits against the dealers in recent weeks.
2.1A successful venture, especially in entertainment: he was the director of many big hits [as modifier]: a hit comedy
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  • He is the man behind some of the biggest hits in the Malayalam film industry.
  • This was followed, in the 1940s, by a succession of cartoon film hits: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi.
  • So if I win for a role, and if the film is a big hit, I can share it with everybody.
Synonyms
success, box-office success, sellout, winner, triumph, sensation;
informal smash, smash hit, megahit, knockout, crowd-pleaser, chart-topper, chart-buster, wow, biggie, number one
2.2A successful film, pop record, or song: he was the director of many big hits
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  • The most difficult record to track down was Lita Roza's novelty hit, How Much Is That Doggie In The Window.
  • There's another wee guy who was not quite all there and he used to go into the record shop and ask for Elvis' latest hit.
  • Bing Crosby's huge hit was not the only song of the era to combine memories and dreams.
2.3 informal A successful and popular person or thing: handsome, smiling, and smart, he was an immediate hit
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  • Not all your designs have been immediate hits.
  • Immediate hits with both travelers and the industry, Web fares weren't even part of the airlines' original plan.
  • Despite the aerodynamic challenges, the car ran very fast and was a big hit with the fans.
2.4 Computing An instance of identifying an item of data that matches the requirements of a search.
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  • One of the articles gives the botanical name of St. John's wort; she searches on that term; this search results in eight hits.
  • Also, there appears to be a strange priorization thing going on with hits during a search.
  • And there are fewer than a hundred hits when searching for anything in the field.
2.5An instance of a particular website being accessed by a user: the site gets an average 350,000 hits per day
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  • The Napster case must have increased the music service's hit rate.
  • A few accolades for a well written, yet vitriolic post, a few extra hits, a few more readers.
  • In fact, the contract with the advertiser may specify that payment is by results, measured by hits or clickthroughs.
3 informal A dose of a psychoactive drug.
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  • I was calling for an end to the Drug War long before I ever took my first hit of pot.
  • I got off her as best as I could and staggered as my head was still spinning from that last hit.
  • Becci was the first to reach for it, took a long deep hit, then tried to pass it to me.

Origin

late Old English hittan (in the sense 'come upon, find'), from Old Norse hitta 'come upon, meet with', of unknown origin.

Phrases

hit-and-miss

Done or occurring at random: picking a remedy can be a bit hit-and-miss
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  • The best pics are the first ones I ever took, using a kids' easel, my old 35 mm SLR and hit-and-miss natural light out in the yard.
  • Dessert in this part of town can be hit-and-miss.
  • The novels are hit-and-miss affairs, but they have an unforgettable pungency.

hit someone below the belt

Boxing Give one’s opponent an illegal low blow.
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  • The bout turned nasty in the fourth, when Johnson - for the second time in the fight - hit Ruiz below the belt with a hard left hook.
  • He described Dube as a ‘dirty’ boxer who was always hitting him below the belt and throwing punches after the bell.
  • Then Machimane hit Nel below the belt and the fight was temporarily stopped to give the champion time to recover.
Behave unfairly, especially so as to gain an unfair advantage.
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  • If all of them are forced to pay royalty for every song they sing, they will be hit below the belt.
  • ‘Pattni appears to have hit Kenya below the belt at a time when the country was at its weakest,’ wrote the East African Standard.
  • Carly is hurt by the comment and it hits her below the belt.

hit someone for six

see six.
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  • Luckily I was prepared but the shock of what had taken place hit me for six on the journey back to Taupo.
  • Just another reminder of how something can suddenly hit you for six, emotionally, when you live abroad.
  • It was obvious that the carbon monoxide had hit her for six, but now things were sliding out of control.

hit the bottle

see bottle.

hit the ground running

informal Start something and proceed at a fast pace with enthusiasm.
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  • While he did not trap that fast he certainly hit the ground running to scorch away from his opponents around the opening turn.
  • Once again he hit the ground running and his early pace had him clear of his rivals before the bend.
  • They hit the ground running and demonstrate leadership qualities at a faster rate.

hit the hay

see hay1.

hit home

see home.

hit it off

informal Be naturally friendly or well suited.
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  • He was glad his friends were hitting it off with Kelly, especially since the start of her day had been kinda rough.
  • She met this guy Tim at a party of a mutual friend and seemed to hit it off.
  • So they decided to bombard me with personal questions about my best friend, and we hit it off at once.
Synonyms
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 the jackpot

hit the mark

Be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess.
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  • It doesn't quite hit the mark, but the attempt is often engrossing.
  • In addition, his attempts at sarcasm do not always hit the mark; some come off as confusing and inappropriate.
  • Fewer than 150 schools across the whole country managed the same results with all 37 pupils at Sacred Heart hitting the mark.

hit the nail on the head

Find exactly the right answer.
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  • These guys seem to have a knack for hitting the nail on the head, and their newest creation is as short and sweet as they come.
  • Mark Grahame hits the nail on the head with his comments about the new breed of ultra-loud fireworks.
  • And the piece you sent me really hits the nail on the head.
Synonyms
get it right, get it, guess correctly, speak (the) truth

hit-or-miss

/ˈˌhid ôr ˈmis/ As likely to be unsuccessful as successful: her work can be hit-or-miss
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  • He said most intelligence-led drug raids were ‘very basic in nature, involving a hit-or-miss strategy.’
  • It's just that your actions can be a little hit-or-miss.
  • Mexican dining in Montreal is pretty hit-or-miss.
Synonyms
erratic, haphazard, disorganized, undisciplined, unmethodical, uneven;
careless, slapdash, slipshod, casual, cursory, lackadaisical, random, aimless, undirected, indiscriminate
informal sloppy

hit the right note

see note.

hit the road (or trail)

informal Set out on a journey.
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  • We hit the road and thankfully the journey was incident free.
  • Sunday after Sunday, Dermot and his friends hit the road and no journey was too long.
  • So I spent a large chunk of the morning asleep, waking for a very light lunch before hitting the road.

hit the roof

see roof.

hit the sack

see sack1.

hit the spot

see spot.

make a hit

Be successful or popular: you made a big hit with her
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  • ‘Calvin Klein's shared fragrance made a hit, and many clothes with the same design are worn by both men and women,’ Kan said.
  • His credentials have great appeal among ACT voters, and the fact he has made a hit in the polls has also damaged ACT.
  • Another British car import makes a hit with performances that are off the charts.

Phrasal verbs

hit on (or upon)

1Discover or think of, especially by chance: she hit on a novel idea for fund-raising
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  • Substitute ‘fire’ for ‘water’ in Robbins' hypothesis and we may be hitting upon a parallel discovery.
  • Whether it was by chance or design Sam Allardyce has hit upon the strike force he has craved all season.
  • They hit upon the idea of creating a rare type of red hair dye and offering it for sale in small quantities.
Synonyms
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
2North American Make sexual advances toward.
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  • Introducing yourself to a woman you're hitting on is also considered basic good manners.
  • Well according to two sources on the set of American Idol, the real reason Mario was asked to leave was because he was hitting on the girls of the show.
  • It doesn't help that he looks about ten years older than he is, but I can just picture him as the creepy guy in the bar hitting on younger women.

hit someone up

North American informal Attempt to get something, typically money, from someone: he hit up some family members
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  • Juliette has a little boy who's maybe seven and my little girl is 21 months so I hit her up for whatever advice she could give to a new father.
  • Suddenly, they can have resources equal to an incumbent's without hitting up major donors.
  • Most recently, she'd hit her parents up for $1,600 to fix her kids' teeth.

Derivatives

hitter

noun
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  • The noise was tremendous, as was the ensuing silence from the rest of the golf-ball hitters at the range.
  • Some of the book world's biggest hitters have new novels out for Christmas.
  • Last week was supposed to be a public-relations offensive on Europe by the government's top hitters.

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