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hit British & World English

Bring one’s hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully

hit English Thesaurus

the woman hit her child for stealing sweets

come up against a brick wall British & World English

Face an insuperable problem or obstacle while trying to do something

hit in hit British & World English

Bring one’s hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully

touch a nerve British & World English

Provoke a reaction by referring to a sensitive topic

strike a false note British & World English

Appear insincere or inappropriate

strike the right note British & World English

Say or do something in a way that that is very suitable (or unsuitable) for a particular audience or occasion

press the panic button British & World English

Respond to a situation by panicking or taking emergency measures

knock someone for six British & World English

Utterly surprise or overcome someone

hit on British & World English

Discover or think of, especially by chance

hit-out British & World English

An instance of hitting the ball towards a teammate after it has been bounced by the umpire or at a boundary throw-in

base hit British & World English

A fair ball hit such that the batter can advance safely to a base without an error by the team in the field

free hit British & World English

An opportunity to strike the ball without the possibility of being bowled or caught out, following a no-ball

hard hit British & World English

Badly affected

hit list British & World English

A list of people to be killed for criminal or political reasons

hit squad British & World English

A team of assassins

hit home British & World English

(Of a blow or a missile) reach an intended target

king-hit British & World English

A sudden knockout blow

pinch-hit British & World English

Bat instead of another player, typically at a critical point in the game

hard hit New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

hit wicket British & World English

The action of a batsman stepping on or knocking over their own wicket, resulting in their dismissal

hit parade British & World English

A weekly listing of the current bestselling pop records

extra-base hit British & World English

A base hit that allows a batter to safely reach second base, third base, or home without the benefit of a fielding error; a double, triple, or home run

hit it off British & World English

Be naturally friendly or well suited

make a hit British & World English

Be successful or popular

hit-and-miss British & World English

Done or occurring at random

hit-and-run British & World English

Denoting a person who causes accidental or wilful damage and escapes before being discovered, or damage caused in this way

hit the mark British & World English

Be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess

hit-or-miss British & World English

As likely to be unsuccessful as successful

hit the road British & World English

Set out on a journey

hit the spot British & World English

Be exactly what is required

hit the wall British & World English

(Of an athlete) experience a sudden loss of energy in a long race

hit upon in hit on British & World English

Discover or think of, especially by chance

hit-or-miss English Thesaurus

her work can be rather hit-or-miss

hit the bottle British & World English

Start to drink alcohol heavily

hit someone up British & World English

Contact someone, typically in order to ask them for something

one-hit wonder British & World English

A group or singer that has only one hit record before returning to obscurity

hit the skids British & World English

Begin a rapid decline or deterioration

hit the buffers British & World English

Come to a sudden unsuccessful end

hit the high spots British & World English

Visit the most exciting places in a town

hit upon in hit British & World English

Discover or think of, especially by chance

hit someone in the eye British & World English

Be very obvious or impressive

hit the ground running British & World English

Start something and proceed at a fast pace with great enthusiasm

not know what hit one British & World English

Be very shocked or surprised by a sudden attack or event


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