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hit (or strike) home

Definition of hit or strike home in English:

1(Of a blow or a missile) reach an intended target.
Example sentences
  • However, headguards, whilst absorbing energy from punches, present an even larger target to be hit and thus the number of blows striking home may well increase.
  • The move spelt his doom, for the blow struck home, driving the warrior, shield and all, into the side of the bridge.
  • The person staggered briefly as her blow struck home.
1.1(Of words) have the intended, especially unsettling or painful, effect on their audience: she could see that her remark had hit home
More example sentences
  • Okay, so he was drunk and exaggerating (and was fairly remorseful about it the next day), but his words hit home.
  • She seemed to not understand what he had said, then the words struck home.
  • He spoke slowly, as if trying to make the words hit home.
1.2(Of the significance or true nature of a situation) become fully realized by someone: the full impact of life as a celebrity began to hit home
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  • This is the kind of subject matter that will strike home painfully for many men and women in today's work force.
  • Much the same has applied to Scotland since, in the 1990s, the highly-damaging effect of the industrial trouble in schools in the 1980s hit home.
  • The cool night air was clearing his head and the enormity of his problem was beginning to hit home.
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