One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly Sport (originally Boxing). A person capable of striking something with force.
2Figurative. A person who or thing which is energetic, uncompromising, or direct, especially in providing unpalatable facts or strong criticism.
3Australian and NZ informal. More fully "hard-hitter hat". A bowler hat. Now chiefly historical.
Late 18th century. From hard + hitter.
hard hitter/ˌhɑːd ˈhɪtə/
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