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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
    North American  impact
    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 against, respond to, reply to, react to, strike back at, counter, defend oneself against
    rare controvert
    hit home
    she could see that her remark had hit home
    [Antonyms] have no effect
    have the intended effect, make the intended impression, strike home, hit the mark, be registered, be understood, be comprehended, get through, sink 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 well, get on, get along, be on good terms, be friends, be friendly, be compatible, relate well to each other, feel a rapport, see eye to eye, take to each other, warm to each other, find things in common
    informal click, get on like a house on fire, be on the same wavelength
    hit on/upon
    she hit on a novel idea for fundraising
    discover, come up with, think of, conceive of, dream up, work out, invent, create, originate, develop, devise, design, pioneer, uncover, contrive, realize;
    informal put one's finger on
    hit out at
    he hit out at the government's lack of action
    [Antonyms] praise
    criticize, attack, denounce, lash out at, rant at, inveigh against, rail against, fulminate against, run down, find fault with;
    condemn, censure, harangue, berate, upbraid, castigate, vilify, malign, assail, lambaste
    informal knock, slam, hammer, blast, lay into, pitch into, lace into, bawl out, bad-mouth, tear someone off a strip, give someone hell, give someone a roasting
    British informal slate, slag off, monster, have a go at, rubbish
    North American informal pummel, cut up
    Australian/New Zealand informal bag
    dated rate, reprobate


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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
    impact, collision, bump, crash
    informal whack, wallop, bash, belt, biff, clout, sock, swipe, clip, clobber
    British informal slosh
    North American informal boff, bust, slug, whale
    Australian/New Zealand  dong
    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;
    French tour de force
    [Antonyms] failure, flop
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