Synonyms of hit in English:



  • 1 the woman hit her child for stealing sweets
    strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a (good) beating/drubbing, box someone's ears
    informal whack, wallop, bash, biff, bop, clout, clip, clobber, sock, swipe, crown, lick, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a (good) hiding, belt, tan, lay one on, lay into, pitch into, lace into, let someone have it, knock into the middle of next week, lam, whomp, deck, floor
    British informal stick one on, dot, slosh, twat, welly
    North American informal slug, boff, bust, whale
    Australian/New Zealand informal dong, quilt, king-hit
    literary smite, swinge
    dated baste, buffet, birch
  • 2 a car hit the barrier
    crash into, run into, bang into, smash into, smack into, knock into, bump into, cannon into, plough into, collide with, meet head-on; North Americanimpact
    North American informal barrel into
  • 3 the banking sector has been hit by the recession the tragedy has hit her hard
    affect badly, devastate, damage, harm, hurt, ruin, leave a mark on, have a negative effect on, have a negative impact on, do harm to, impinge on; upset, shatter, crush, shock, overwhelm, traumatize, touch, make suffer
    [Antonyms] have no effect on
  • 4 informal capital spending this year is likely to hit £1,800 million
    reach, attain, touch, arrive at, get to, rise to, climb to; achieve, accomplish, gain, secure
    [Antonyms] fall to
  • 5 I was a mile away when it hit me that I had forgotten to get the information I needed
    occur to, strike, dawn on, come to; enter one's head, enter one's mind, cross one's mind, come to mind, spring to mind, flash across one's mind, come into one's consciousness
  • Phrases

    hit back

    prison officers hit back at the critical report
    [Antonyms] turn the other cheek
    retaliate againstrespond toreply toreact tostrike back atcounterdefend oneself against rarecontrovert

    hit home

    she could see that her remark had hit home
    [Antonyms] have no effect
    have the intended effectmake the intended impressionstrike homehit the markbe registeredbe understoodbe comprehendedget throughsink in

    hit it off

    informal they make an unlikely pair, but they've always hit it off
    [Antonyms] rub someone up the wrong way
    get on wellget onget alongbe on good termsbe friendsbe friendlybe compatiblerelate well to each otherfeel a rapportsee eye to eyetake to each otherwarm to each otherfind things in common informalclickget on like a house on firebe on the same wavelength

    hit on/upon

    she hit on a novel idea for fundraisingdiscovercome up withthink ofconceive ofdream upwork outinventcreateoriginatedevelopdevisedesignpioneeruncovercontriverealizestumble onchance onlight oncome uponblunder onarrive at informalput one's finger on

    hit out at

    he hit out at the government's lack of action
    [Antonyms] praise
    criticizeattackdenouncelash out atrant atinveigh againstrail againstfulminate againstrun downfind fault withcondemncensureharangueberateupbraidcastigatevilifymalignassaillambaste informalknockslamhammerblastlay intopitch intolace intobawl outbad-mouthtear someone off a stripgive someone hellgive someone a roastingBritish informalslateslag offmonsterhave a go atrubbishNorth American informalpummelcut upAustralian/New Zealand informalbag datedratereprobate rarevituperateexcoriatearraignobjurgateasperseanathematizeanimadvert ondenunciate


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  • 1 he took a few minutes to recover after a hit from behind few structures can withstand a hit from a speeding car
    blow, thump, punch, knock, bang, thwack, box, cuff, slap, smack, spank, tap, crack, stroke, welt; impact, collision, bump, crash
    British informal slosh
    North American informal boff, bust, slug, whale
    Australian/New Zealanddong
    dated buffet
  • 2 he could not resist a hit at his friend's religiosity
    jibe, taunt, jeer, sneer, barb, cutting remark, barbed remark, attack, insult
    informal dig, put-down, crack, wisecrack
    [Antonyms] compliment
  • 3 he was the director of many big hits
    success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation; bestseller; Frenchtour de force
    [Antonyms] failure flop
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