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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
    informalwhack, 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 informalstick one on, dot, slosh, twat, welly
    North American informalslug, boff, bust, whale
    Australian/New Zealand informaldong, quilt, king-hit
    literarysmite, swinge
    datedbaste, buffet, birch
  • 2 a car hit the barrier
    North American impact
    North American informalbarrel 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

    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
    informalclick, 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;
    informalput 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
    informalknock, 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
    North American informalpummel, cut up
    Australian/New Zealand informalbag
    datedrate, 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
    informalwhack, wallop, bash, belt, biff, clout, sock, swipe, clip, clobber
    British informalslosh
    North American informalboff, bust, slug, whale
    Australian/New Zealand dong
  • 2 he could not resist a hit at his friend's religiosity
    jibe, taunt, jeer, sneer, barb, cutting remark, barbed remark, attack, insult
    informaldig, put-down, crack, wisecrack
    [Antonyms] compliment
  • 3 he was the director of many big hits
    success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation;
    Frenchtour de force
    [Antonyms] failure, flop
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