Definition of hit in English:

hit

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Bring one's hand or a tool or weapon into contact with (someone or something) quickly and forcefully.

    ‘Marius hit him in the mouth’
    no object ‘I hit out with my stick’
    • ‘One woman was left bleeding and suffered head injuries and another suffered a broken finger after being hit several times.’
    • ‘Haley held the hammer just above the head of the chisel for a moment before flicking it back and bringing it down, hitting the jewel hard.’
    • ‘As the metal weapon hit his injuries, he let out a grunt of pain and released the sword from his grasp.’
    • ‘I blocked it by hitting it quickly back to his side.’
    • ‘This was followed soon after by Feder trying to execute a backhand shot, but accidentally hitting Robin in the arm.’
    • ‘Some common causes of fractures include falls, car accidents, child abuse, running, or something hitting the body.’
    • ‘A punch connected with my jaw and sent my head back, another punch hitting my gut and bringing my body forward.’
    • ‘One man suffered serious eye injuries as a result of being hit with a bottle.’
    • ‘They are taught that it is wrong to hit others and that they should not throw objects or break them.’
    • ‘Previously, detainees have been hit or tortured during questioning, villagers say.’
    • ‘The pain in his temple was killing him and his sides hurt from being hit, more than once.’
    • ‘Tyrhenae rolled over on the couch, accidentally hitting Tsuyoi on the head with her foot as she fell off.’
    • ‘He doesn't like being hit in the body, and after three rounds he's not the same fighter.’
    • ‘He then hit Zoro over the head causing him serious injury, and took his wallet.’
    • ‘The feel of his boot hitting my side brought pain.’
    • ‘And if you encounter any Mizaya, remember that the only way you can kill them with your weapons is by hitting them in the eyes.’
    • ‘She suffered a fractured shoulder, cut hand and facial injuries and may have been hit with a belt by her attacker.’
    • ‘She let her gaze rest on the slipper for a moment, then brought it forward and hit it on her head.’
    • ‘I'll almost certainly miss the fly and hit some poor unfortunate by-stander instead.’
    • ‘The weapon never hit its mark, bouncing off of a barrier made from blackened shadows.’
    • ‘Then there was another group which hit their backs with wound up pieces of rope.’
    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 beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
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    1. 1.1 Accidentally strike (part of one's body) against something.
      ‘she fainted and hit her head on the metal bedstead’
      • ‘Anyway, down the bloke went and hit is head a right wallop on the pavement.’
      • ‘I managed to swerve and avoid hitting them but I grazed the bicycle and we all fell.’
      • ‘Trinity gasped as she sat up, her side hurt from hitting herself in her sleep.’
      • ‘It was so dark out in the halls that he did not see the door and wound up hitting his head against it.’
      • ‘The clearing they were in was large enough for the Lady to fully spread her great wings without hitting a tree.’
    2. 1.2 (of a moving object or body) come into contact with (someone or something stationary) quickly and forcefully.
      ‘a car hit the barrier’
      • ‘He had taken only a few steps when he heard the sound of a body hitting the concrete behind him.’
      • ‘That would depend on how forcefully it hits the floor and how much air pressure is in the ball.’
      • ‘The sound of a toolbox hitting the ground brought her head back around.’
      • ‘It was the sound of Sarah hitting the floor that brought him out of his trance like state.’
      • ‘She stepped out of the crowd and was hit by a cyclist, receiving serious head injuries.’
      • ‘He fell quickly and soon hit the metal grating that was only about one foot in width by two foot in width.’
      • ‘The sound of her backpack hitting the ground brought her faithful puppy running.’
      • ‘He dove down into the prepped hole and spread his wings before he hit the sand.’
      • ‘To his credit he recovered quickly, rolling backwards as soon as he hit the ground.’
      • ‘The feeling of someone's foot hitting her chair brought her back to reality.’
      • ‘The purpose of the arm is to protect your face or head from contacting or hitting the cement.’
      • ‘At the least, get some forewarning before crossing the street at the wrong time and getting hit by a bus, and that sort of thing.’
      • ‘The feel of his arm around me as he made sure my feet hit the ground brought me back to a time I missed.’
      • ‘The sound of someone hitting the water brought her attention back.’
      • ‘A forensic pathologist later said the injuries were not consistent with a fall, but from hitting a large, flat surface.’
      • ‘Mr Scaife said the women had severe head injuries consistent with being hit by a train.’
      • ‘They both moved quickly and never made a sound until they hit the ground.’
      • ‘It is believed he was hit by a car and fell backwards, suffering serious head injuries which led to his death 10 days later.’
      • ‘Sure, he had been hit by a drunk driver, but maybe his injuries wouldn't have been so bad.’
      • ‘He lost control of the car on a sharp bend, veered on to the wrong side and hit a Corsa then Mr Rowland's Mazda.’
      crash into, run into, bang into, smash into, smack into, knock into, bump into, cannon into, plough into, collide with, meet head-on
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    3. 1.3informal Touch or press (part of a machine or other device) in order to work it.
      ‘he picked up the phone and hit several buttons’
      • ‘She quickly reached over, hitting the speakerphone button.’
      • ‘My fingers sprung into life, hitting the keys quickly four times at different letters.’
      • ‘Daniel smiled at me as he quickly hit the play button and the screen blanked out as the movie started.’
      • ‘The girls fell silent as he hit the receive button and held the phone to his ear.’
      • ‘He hit the gate control button and the gate lifted, allowing for the van to pass through.’
      • ‘As the feeling rushes though me, I stand up from the plastic chair, take a deep breath and hit the Press to Exit button.’
      • ‘If you like what we do, then you can help us by hitting the donate button on the right hand side.’
      • ‘He quickly hit the trigger over and over again sending beams dead on at the suit.’
      • ‘I would have to hit the connect button again and then try again to open a Web page.’
      • ‘Fil is trying to listen to the tape recording he made of the dance recital, but he accidentally hits the erase button.’
      • ‘There are a variety of combos to pull off but they must be done by switching through your weapons while rapidly hitting the punch or kick button.’
      • ‘You can hit the contact button to simply connect with a pitch, or smack the power button to swing for the fences.’
      • ‘Keep hitting that F5 button and it could well be!’
      • ‘Thank you to everyone who hit the Laptop Fund Paypal button in the past two weeks.’
      • ‘Naturally, the first thing the reader does is hit the Google button.’
      • ‘David ran to the computer lab and hit a few buttons until a layout of the safe house came up on the screen.’
      • ‘He pulled out two dollars and put it in the machine before hitting the Mountain Dew button.’
      • ‘No one had seen them yet, so Simani led them into the lift, and hit the down button for the last level.’
      • ‘Today, however, he only laughed and shook his head before hitting the ignore button on his phone.’
      • ‘With a growl of frustration, he slapped his hand on the steering wheel before hitting the on button on his CD player.’
  • 2(of a missile or a person aiming one) strike (a target)

    ‘the sniper fired and hit a third man’
    • ‘Every bullet hit its target as she accurately predicted the movements of her enemies.’
    • ‘She twirled it once, aimed, and the bullet hit a target a few inches to the left of the bull's eye.’
    • ‘Violence returned six centuries later when Mile End was hit by London's first ever flying bomb.’
    • ‘Separately, another vehicle was hit with gunfire, wounding a marine.’
    • ‘He was unfortunate enough to be hit in the head by a high-velocity military rifle bullet.’
    • ‘The gunman exchanged a volley, two bullets hitting Rift - one in the side and the other in the shoulder.’
    • ‘He heard the German aircraft overhead and the explosions as the bombs fell, but had no idea the town centre was being hit.’
    • ‘Eight people were injured during the trouble, some of them passing motorists hit by missiles.’
    • ‘Mr Sykes, 52, an epileptic, was nearly hit by the missiles and later suffered a minor fit he blames on the attack.’
    • ‘Cohen said at least one bullet hit Diallo while he was lying on the floor.’
    • ‘The missiles hit the target with a force the size of the planet they were orbiting.’
    • ‘The Ekupumleni coach and two players sustained hand injuries after being hit by the same bullet.’
    • ‘An explosion rocked the hull as the back end of the helicopter was hit by the missile.’
    • ‘It had not been hit by a missile either, nor had there been an onboard fire.’
    • ‘Huge plasma screens were used to show the assembled media grainy footage of missiles hitting their targets.’
    • ‘The bullet hit one of his vitals and it was the reason he was in the hospital for so long.’
    • ‘Every one of the soldiers inside the Red Death was hit by hundreds of ricocheting bullets.’
    • ‘Several bullets flew by him quickly one hitting the ground beside him.’
    • ‘One fan, hit by a missile hurled through a window, was treated for a head wound.’
    • ‘Other humanitarian relief agencies have also been hit in air strikes on at least two other occasions.’
    1. 2.1 Be suddenly and vividly realized by.
      with object and clause ‘it hit her that I wanted to settle down here’
      • ‘Sometimes that realization hits the young more strongly than it does others.’
      • ‘The disappointment of being ignored by both Gauss and Cauchy hit Abel hard.’
      • ‘Suddenly the realization hits Jake like a ton of bricks - his old nemesis is back to settle one final score.’
      • ‘Realization hit Alsan like a blow as the brigand walked over to the twins' open coffin.’
      • ‘The realization suddenly hit Sahara like a train crashing through a farm house.’
      occur to, strike, dawn on, come to
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  • 3Cause harm or distress to.

    ‘the area has been badly hit by pit closures’
    ‘it hit him very hard when Rosie left’
    • ‘The figures are the latest in a series of problems to have hit The Gathering Place.’
    • ‘The virus has resulted in staff shortages at several hospitals but has hit Hope Hospital badly.’
    • ‘News that the property was to be demolished and redeveloped came as a relief to businesses which had been hit by the closure.’
    • ‘Warminster town councillor Les Rose said the closures would hit the elderly hardest.’
    • ‘However, the 57-year-old admits that he is concerned about the possibility of a recession hitting Scotland.’
    • ‘The event in Umag was hit by a string of retirements on Tuesday.’
    • ‘The service tax and the cess on each banking transaction will hit everyone badly.’
    • ‘Staveley, near Chesterfield, has been hit hard by the closure of a number of major employers in the last decade.’
    • ‘Out came the story of the night's events, the aftershocks hitting Sofia harder and harder with each impact.’
    • ‘I believe the charging regime is hitting local York businesses hard, and have never seen Micklegate so quiet as it has been in recent weeks.’
    • ‘The biggest emergency aid effort in history was under way last night to bring relief to millions hit by the Asian tsunami.’
    • ‘Clearly, the downward turn in the business cycle is hitting Germany hard.’
    • ‘At the start of the event, he had to try to clear his mind from the tragic events which had hit Spain.’
    • ‘Major problems hit Glossop town centre from 5pm after the River Etherow burst its banks.’
    • ‘With injuries hitting Bradford hard, Pratt's utility back status is proving an enormous boon.’
    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
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    1. 3.1 (of a disaster) occur in and cause damage to (an area) suddenly.
      ‘the country was hit by a major earthquake’
      • ‘Luckily for the people here it was not as powerful as the waves that hit other areas and caused a lot less damage.’
      • ‘A couple who live only a quarter of a mile from the blast site woke up believing the area had been hit by an earthquake.’
      • ‘Most people who return from holiday to find disaster has hit their home would only have thoughts for their own problems.’
      • ‘Last year the Island was struck head-on by Hurricane Fabian, the worst to hit Bermuda in fifty years.’
      • ‘But later this week unsettled weather is set to hit the country, as a depression brings rain and winds.’
      • ‘In the countries badly hit by this disaster, livestock and working animals can be vital to the lives of rural communities.’
      • ‘The next stop was Seenigama, a small fishing village that was severely hit by the disaster.’
      • ‘Mr Kapu said the area would be hit by hunger if the farmers continued to sell their maize at give-away prices.’
      • ‘If you are lucky, earlies will be ready before blight strikes; if it hits your maincrop, you'll see yellow stains on the leaves, which then spread.’
      • ‘The North Battleford and Walkerton water disasters hit Canadians as a mighty shock.’
      • ‘It was the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.’
      • ‘To then have other parts of the country, some not so far from that Otago area itself, hit by floods is rather ironic.’
      • ‘Sea waves brought by Typhoon Nari hit an abandoned lighthouse on the shore of Keelung yesterday.’
      • ‘Even though the data is backed up, what guarantee is there that you can restore the data when disaster hits?’
      • ‘It seems that recent events have damaged the tourist trade in Sri Lanka and other areas hit by the tsunami.’
      • ‘What's the pattern of response from government, when disaster hits?’
      • ‘The storm has officially made landfall, squarely hitting the island of Cozumel and bringing with it 20-foot waves.’
      • ‘People are refusing to go inside as the area is still being hit by aftershocks.’
      • ‘Last night health officials in Scotland said the measure would be a useful tool to fight a flu pandemic should it hit this country.’
      • ‘But on the afternoon of their Edinburgh debut, their show was hit by disaster.’
    2. 3.2no object Make a strongly worded criticism or attack.
      ‘he hit out at the club's decision to place him on the transfer list’
      ‘banks hit back at claims that small firms were being squeezed into bankruptcy’
      • ‘It is also Crawford's right to hit back at his critics, whether it be through his own mouth or his mother's.’
      • ‘A driver has hit back at claims he is a thug by insisting he was only protecting his eight-month old daughter.’
      • ‘Gibb urged fans to take a reality check as he hit back at criticism following a string of poor results.’
      • ‘Exodus Travel have hit back over claims the vehicle was not properly licensed.’
      • ‘But dealers have hit back, claiming landowners are guilty of selling the trees themselves.’
      • ‘A pupil today hit back at constant criticism of her school as plans were revealed for it to become a sports college.’
      • ‘The university last night hit back by insisting it was not funding students to go on a glorified pub crawl.’
      • ‘Residents of Vange today hit back in the war of words with Billericay over which is the better area in which to live.’
      • ‘English Partnerships has hit back at claims it is not giving house owners value for money as part of a massive redevelopment scheme.’
      • ‘The officer in charge of policing in the North Cotswolds has hit back at criticism of the force.’
      • ‘Last night McLetchie hit back, insisting he would not allow his opponents to make political capital from his case.’
      • ‘It is the whole future of the National Health Service he wants to address, hitting back at claims he is shifting it over to private provision.’
      • ‘Unlike the early days of his campaign when he froze in the face of attack, Coors has hit back.’
      • ‘Residents have hit back at claims the street in which they live is plagued by crime and prostitution.’
      • ‘Tesco have hit back with Royal Bank of Scotland research that shows they pay within 33 days on average.’
      • ‘However, staff have hit back at the criticism saying the pub's business was being affected.’
      • ‘But Ms Cannings hit back, claiming the Yorkshire Post story had been misleading.’
      • ‘Traffic chiefs have hit back at criticism that they are using speed cameras to make money, rather than save lives.’
      • ‘Rochdale's dental chief has hit back at claims that the town is in crisis.’
      • ‘Police in Swindon have hit back at criticism over rising burglary rates.’
      retaliate against, respond to, reply to, react to, strike back at, counter, defend oneself against
      criticize, attack, denounce, lash out at, rant at, inveigh against, rail against, fulminate against, run down, find fault with
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    3. 3.3North American informal Attack and rob or kill.
      ‘if they're cops, maybe it's not a good idea to have them hit’
      • ‘Computer thieves hit Mesh Computers last night and swiped its office admin PCs.’
  • 4informal Reach (a particular level, point, or figure)

    ‘capital spending this year is likely to hit $1,800 million’
    ‘his career hit rock bottom’
    • ‘Share prices have tumbled globally, with Britain's FTSE share index hitting its lowest level for six years.’
    • ‘Approvals for new house constructions have already hit the lowest level for three years.’
    • ‘I think this throws up an abundance of deeply shallow, poorly constructed art that very quickly hits its sell-by date.’
    • ‘The Australian dollar may top 70 cents sometime this week after hitting its highest levels for nearly six years.’
    • ‘At present the Irish labour market remains amazingly resilient despite unemployment hitting its highest level in three years.’
    • ‘The family of an ill youngster have hit the right notes to find a new way of bringing a smile to his face.’
    • ‘Consumer optimism continues to rise, hitting its highest level since November 2001.’
    • ‘After hitting a few wrong notes, Jedidah was able to copy the notes Vespera played perfectly.’
    • ‘Zimbabwe faces its fourth straight year of falling growth, while inflation is likely to hit triple figures.’
    • ‘Last year the figure reached capacity, with deliveries hitting the maximum so-called safe number of 4,800.’
    • ‘He needs to hold the election quickly before the slump which will inevitably hit the country later this year as a result of that crisis.’
    • ‘The songs emerge with great intros but quickly hit a standstill and that's where it all goes downhill.’
    • ‘Jewison saw Garland sick, nervous and depressed, yet hit every note and bring the house down.’
    • ‘On some flights we are hitting that [figure], on some we're not.’
    • ‘The advent of the free Metro newspapers in the main cities is likely to hit these figures even more.’
    • ‘This is Silicon Alley where Lower Broadway hits trendy Greenwich Village.’
    • ‘As the coffee commodities market hits an all-time low this year, shade grown remains the next urgent frontier in the certification game.’
    • ‘Our love affair with borrowing and spending now seems to be grinding to a halt, with retail sales figures hitting a 10-year low in April.’
    • ‘In Britain, interest rates this summer hit their lowest level for 50 years.’
    reach, attain, touch, arrive at, get to, rise to, climb to
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    1. 4.1 Be affected by (an unfortunate and unexpected circumstance or event)
      ‘the opening of the town centre hit a snag’
      • ‘In addition to an overall slowdown, the world economy could be hit by a series of shocks.’
      • ‘Coming back to the form of two years ago, Westmeath have been hit by a chilling catalogue of injuries.’
      • ‘Services across the north west and Wales will be hit by the strikes while the deadlock continues.’
      • ‘Honduras has been hit by a week-long strike of heavy cargo truck drivers and oil workers.’
      • ‘Others report that some of BT's websites have also been hit by the snag.’
      • ‘I know what it's like to be in a side that gets hit by injuries.’
      • ‘His progress this time around has been hit by a serious injury setback.’
      • ‘A group were handing out leaflets at the weekend in part of Oldham, hit by recent race riots, when police moved in.’
      • ‘But he also suffered open wounds on his body and was then hit by a pneumonia-type virus.’
      • ‘We have got a small squad and when we have been hit with suspensions and injuries it has made it difficult.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Nigerian education sector is also being hit by strike action.’
      • ‘Agents agree that the top end of the market has been hit by the recent downturn.’
      • ‘The government and the companies have yet to be hit by coordinated strikes.’
      • ‘Manchester Airport was hit by a small-scale strike by security workers today.’
      • ‘Selby's hopes have been hit by injuries to several key players but they are hopeful the majority will pull through.’
      • ‘But the Flaxby Road outfit have been hit by a horrendous injury list that has robbed them of six first team players.’
      • ‘The unfortunate Washington man had hit hard times and was determined to get his hands on some loot.’
      • ‘However, in recent matches Baltinglass too have been hit by the injury bug.’
      • ‘These areas are also being hit by high rates of unemployment that put an added pressure on public facilities.’
      • ‘The management committee at the St Michael's Centre is understood to have been hit by a massive rent increase.’
    2. 4.2 Arrive at or go to (a place)
      ‘it was still night when we hit the outskirts of London’
      • ‘The McDonald's travelling caravan hits Montreal this Friday night at the Maurice Richard arena.’
      • ‘However, he was slightly upstaged by the huge cheer that greeted the first shaft of sunlight to hit Centre Court.’
      • ‘On Wednesday it's East London's turn and on Thursday the show hits Port Elizabeth.’
      • ‘Next Saturday the Paul Oakenfold hype machine hits Alberta playing his now mythic set of trance in Edmonton.’
      • ‘A tour of some of the best up and coming bands hits the Forum with both a matinee and evening show.’
      • ‘But before the event hits the Valley, a Rossendale woman will be hoping for success in the real version of the hit show.’
      • ‘Star Wars mania hit London last night as film big guns headed to the premiere of the latest instalment in the space saga.’
      reach, get to, get as far as, come to, make, make it to, set foot on, gain, attain
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    3. 4.3 (of a product) become available and make an impact on.
      ‘the latest board game to hit the market’
      • ‘And the Bill Clinton autobiography hits stores this week.’
      • ‘The first revenue from Samba sales began rolling in last month, even before the product hits UK shelves.’
    4. 4.4no object Take effect.
      ‘we sat waiting for the caffeine to hit’
      • ‘He is finding it more and more difficult to walk as the effects of kidney failure hit.’
      • ‘I said slowly as I began to feel the first drink hitting me.’
      • ‘Well, that triple dose of antihistamines really hit me on the way home from work last night.’
    5. 4.5 Give (someone) a dose of a drug or an alcoholic drink.
      • ‘He might spot them in time to hit me with another dose of the sedative and then I'd be in deep, deep trouble.’
    6. 4.6 Used to convey that someone is engaging in a particular pursuit or activity with enthusiasm.
      ‘we went to Val d'Isère to hit the shops’
      • ‘She, Elaina and Lauren had stayed out all night, hitting all the parties on the campus.’
      • ‘So after a late lunch at Belgo's, with Ken coming along for a drink, we finally hit Borders.’
      • ‘It wasn't like she was going to hit all the clubs in the city at night and get all drunk.’
      • ‘They were hitting this store as quickly as they could to look for those items that they saw advertised.’
      • ‘How about hitting five exotic locales in one fab trip?’
  • 5Propel (a ball) with a bat, racket, stick, etc. to score runs or points in a game.

    • ‘Mealey has a knack for hitting the hole quickly and bouncing off defenders.’
    • ‘We quickly made the flip and caught Damon Stoudamire hitting Zach Randolph for the game winner.’
    • ‘Well, I can count on one hand the amount of cross-court nicks that were hit during this event.’
    • ‘But Kitna quieted them quickly, hitting his first two passes for 25 yards.’
    • ‘As a result, they are able to break up passes and hit receivers quickly before a play can be made.’
    • ‘Lee also should flourish at the plate hitting at Wrigley Field.’
    • ‘She was a tall, heavyset girl, known for her continuous power hitting.’
    • ‘Enter Steve Nebraska, a goofy guy living in a small Mexican town with knack for hitting and pitching.’
    • ‘Last Sunday, he hit Drew Bennett for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left to defeat the Houston Texans 27-24.’
    • ‘Sinead Coakley won possession on the left and sped down the left wing and hit the post.’
    • ‘McNair rolls right and hits McCareins for another first down, between three Steelers defenders.’
    • ‘Under pressure to hit it quickly, the midfielder boomed his shot high over the crossbar.’
    • ‘Four plays later, the Seahawks led 17-after Hasselbeck hit Alexander for a 3-yard TD pass.’
    • ‘Or (to take a different example) someone familiar with a cricket bat regards it as a piece of wood for hitting balls.’
    • ‘He feels it hinders him from hitting the holes as quickly as he wants.’
    • ‘Breaking on the right, he cut in and hit a low, hard shot which the keeper could only parry into the net.’
    • ‘Anderson is patient enough to wait for his blockers to open a hole, and when they do, he hits it quickly.’
    • ‘Equally skilled at hitting, fielding, and base running, he led the Yankees to ten pennants and eight world championships.’
    • ‘And then Blake got on another roll, hitting Taylor for 14 yards on third-and - 12 and then Terry Jones for 27 on the next play.’
    • ‘Both have improved their deficiencies-Gotay in fielding and Murphy in hitting.’
    1. 5.1 Score (a run or point) by hitting a ball with a bat, racket, stick, etc.
      ‘he had hit 25 home runs’
      • ‘When the winning run is on base and a home run is hit, all runs and the batter are allowed to score.’
      • ‘Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Indians at Safeco Field in Seattle, on Saturday.’
      • ‘So, if you hit a home run you get one because you have scored.’
      • ‘Most nights, Kent would decline to shake hands when returning to the dugout after scoring a run or hitting a home run.’
      • ‘After getting some pine tar from the top of his gooey batting helmet, he hit a solo home run with two outs.’
      • ‘Peter Allen hits a home run off of Carol Channing, scoring two runs.’
      • ‘Pujols worked Harville to a full count before hitting his 23rd home run into the Houston bullpen.’
      • ‘This is like hitting a hundred home runs in a season: it's not just a record, it's an almost inhuman blowout.’
      • ‘Did you see that home run he hit the other night against the Cards?’
      • ‘Morales hit his spectacular home run in the third inning to the right field.’

noun

  • 1An instance of striking or being struck.

    ‘few structures can withstand a hit from a speeding car’
    • ‘Which brings us to our quiz, when Googled, which drug has the most hits?’
    • ‘As in a real duel, if both fencers hit at the same time, both hits are counted.’
    • ‘The force of the hit knocked Anthony back until he was leaning against the Post Office wall for support.’
    • ‘After a few critical hits to the gut and head, she brought her hands together and unleashed a bright light in the form of alchemy.’
    • ‘More of Filho's hits are missing their targets, and suddenly he lands another low blow.’
    • ‘He looked up, familiarity striking him like a hit to the head with a blunt object.’
    • ‘A novice archer would also bow to the target after the first hit of the day, while advanced archers would not.’
    • ‘They both were subjected to a daily barrage of insults, hits, cursings, and cruelty.’
    • ‘Instead of a quick hit or slap, we now saw and heard a sustained series of blows.’
    • ‘This remark earned him another playful hit across the arm and an eye roll from Caelyn.’
    • ‘Then suddenly he felt a blinding hit at the base of his skull, which sent him back into a black abyss.’
    • ‘Vulture blocked 2 hits from Spruce, punched Spruce in the face, and kneed him in the stomach.’
    • ‘He flinched when Isabelle appeared beside him, anticipating another powerful hit.’
    • ‘Zenith the Great will continue to destroy evil with his super critical hits!’
    • ‘I'd felt several different hits when the horse knocked me down but hadn't really assessed the damage yet.’
    • ‘He yelled back as I went to make another hit but he just grabbed my arm and twisted it behind my back.’
    • ‘And she might have done so, for she was preparing her hand for the hit, when a knock was heard at the front door.’
    blow, thump, punch, knock, bang, thwack, box, cuff, slap, smack, spank, tap, crack, stroke, welt
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    1. 1.1 A verbal attack.
      ‘I think people will try to take a hit at my credibility’
      jibe, taunt, jeer, sneer, barb, cutting remark, barbed remark, attack, insult
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    2. 1.2North American informal A murder, typically one planned and carried out by a criminal organization.
      ‘some of the killings were contract hits’
      • ‘The police are holding two men who claim Tommy gave them $11,000 to carry out the hit.’
      • ‘Presumably, the information that led to where these bodies are also would include who took part in carrying out some of these hits.’
      • ‘Then, one by one, his biggest hits are systematically murdered.’
      • ‘There was no secret as to the identity of the organisation that carried out the hits or its demands.’
      • ‘Well, that's their plan, but it turns out your first hit is on the priest kidnapping godfather.’
      • ‘Is it really possible that they pass on charging Kidan for a killing if he was the guy who ordered the hit?’
      • ‘Unlike previous hits, this murder was filmed in its entirety on the club's security cameras.’
      • ‘Oh, I was going to tell you about hits and contracts.’
      • ‘Murder detectives have stepped up the hunt for the gunman who executed a man in broad daylight in a gangland hit.’
      • ‘Mr Hale claims he has also received underworld information which points to the murder being a professional hit.’
      • ‘He had been offered $50,000 to carry out the hit, and was jailed for life for the contract killing.’
      • ‘Security sources said there is little doubt that the hit was carried out by the LVF.’
      • ‘Because a gangster once saved his life, he now does hits for the mob, only communicating by carrier pigeon.’
      • ‘This pre-established structure likewise is manifest in the details of Vincent's job: he has five hits to carry out before leaving the city the next morning.’
      murder, killing, political execution, slaughter, butchery, homicide, liquidation, elimination, extermination, termination, doing to death, putting to death, martyrdom
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    3. 1.3Baseball
      short for base hit
      • ‘Greinke, who allowed just four hits and struck out five, left with a 1-lead.’
      • ‘In game two, pitcher Alisha Seifert '05 scattered three hits leading to the complete-game shutout of the Knights.’
      • ‘Perry Nazerawich went all the way for the win giving six hits and striking out eight in seven innings of work.’
      • ‘He threw only 21 of 42 pitches for strikes, allowed three hits and walked three.’
      • ‘Beckett allowed seven hits but struck out nine and stranded six runners in scoring position.’
  • 2An instance of striking the target aimed at.

    ‘one of the bombers had scored a direct hit’
    • ‘Both he and Alex had scored direct hits, blowing most of Spencer's chest away.’
    • ‘Two direct hits with 120 mm armor-piercing shells caused no damage.’
    • ‘Results were impressive with the longest bomb only 50 ft away from the target and many direct hits.’
    • ‘For the hot summer days ahead, Dimitri mixes, selects and scores a direct hit.’
    • ‘HMS Steam Gun Boat No 7 fired two torpedoes at her, one of which scored a direct hit.’
    • ‘Two direct hits for run-outs put Southport on the back foot.’
    • ‘A direct hit would have occurred had you answered in a way that implied a logical contradiction.’
    • ‘It would allow a missile fired by a fighter to react to evasive movements by its target, ensuring a direct hit.’
    • ‘In another scene, three aircraft come in, drop three bombs on Japanese artillery positions and score three direct hits.’
    • ‘It does not have to be a direct hit; the substation supplying your sector of the grid may be miles away, yet the line will go down.’
    • ‘Her friend's house took a direct hit, but fortunately the family were out.’
    • ‘The target showed five solid hits and once more the NRA referee verified the result.’
    • ‘Buckingham Palace had, after all, suffered direct hits during the Blitz.’
    • ‘When it finally began to score direct hits Shinji noticed a blue-green orb appear around the fighter.’
    • ‘For the most part, though, Fey hits her target dead-on.’
    • ‘Direct hits of asteroids that size are believed to not always make it to earth but instead explode in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘The Gardai have scored some direct hits against the dealers in recent weeks.’
    • ‘But not one of the bombs scored a direct hit, though the very-near misses almost shook her to pieces.’
    • ‘I have been here before, so when his hand goes behind his back, I let him have it with several direct hits.’
    • ‘Their carrier sustained roughly forty broadside plasma hits and continued to move forward.’
    • ‘Two of the targets received direct hits from above, while the rest were sprayed by numerous fragments.’
    1. 2.1Computing An instance of identifying an item of data which matches the requirements of a search.
      • ‘If I google myself, just about the only hits are of that poor unfortunate child who got attacked by a pit bull.’
      • ‘One of the articles gives the botanical name of St. John's wort; she searches on that term; this search results in eight hits.’
      • ‘Also, there appears to be a strange priorization thing going on with hits during a search.’
      • ‘And there are fewer than a hundred hits when searching for anything in the field.’
      • ‘The search generated 1848 hits, of which all but 100 were rejected as they did not meet the selection criteria.’
    2. 2.2Computing An instance of a particular website being accessed by a user.
      ‘the site gets an average 350,000 hits a day’
      • ‘We really want this new site to start getting a decent amount of hits.’
      • ‘A few accolades for a well written, yet vitriolic post, a few extra hits, a few more readers.’
      • ‘The Napster case must have increased the music service's hit rate.’
      • ‘I guess I'm surprised that after 6 months of starting to write this blog, it's getting hits from search engines.’
      • ‘In fact, the contract with the advertiser may specify that payment is by results, measured by hits or clickthroughs.’
  • 3A successful venture, especially a film, pop record, or song.

    ‘he was the director of many big hits’
    as modifier ‘a hit album’
    • ‘There are also what are known as sleeper hits - films that start small and get bigger and bigger through word of mouth.’
    • ‘Adaptations from great classics, some of these films are all time hits.’
    • ‘The film became a massive box-office hit and my song was on the soundtrack album, which sold zillions of copies.’
    • ‘The first film was a hit, and the bestselling series has won three children's book prizes.’
    • ‘Initially released in only one cinema it has become a word of mouth hit all over U.S. Europe and Australia.’
    • ‘Along with old film hits, Hitesh also sings ghazals when the occasion demands it.’
    • ‘The film was a hit in big cities, but did little in the American heartland.’
    • ‘So if I win for a role, and if the film is a big hit, I can share it with everybody.’
    • ‘It contains albums ranging from the rare pieces of Carnatic and Hindustani classicals to the latest Hindi film hits.’
    • ‘Mexico has produced a wave of big hits and groundbreaking films in the past few years.’
    • ‘And that broke the record for the most hit singles from a debut record by a woman or something.’
    • ‘Weddings have played a pivotal role in some of the biggest British comedy hits.’
    • ‘The hot Bombay mix promises a unique blend of classic and current Bollywood film hits, Punjabi folk songs and Hindi wedding songs.’
    • ‘It's no coincidence that both films were box office hits - and not just with African American audiences.’
    • ‘He is the man behind some of the biggest hits in the Malayalam film industry.’
    • ‘This was followed, in the 1940s, by a succession of cartoon film hits: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi.’
    • ‘Some films, mainly from Bollywood, manage to become super hits just on account of good music.’
    • ‘The first film was a huge hit and no doubt the sequel will do great business.’
    • ‘The album has memorable original lyrics, and also others from various film hits.’
    • ‘You could make a case for that being the message of his hit song.’
    success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation
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    1. 3.1informal A successful and popular person or thing.
      ‘he's proving to be a big hit with the fans’
      • ‘The two little chilli plants were a big hit at work today, attracting lots of interest.’
      • ‘He was a big hit at the Anti-Sellafield concert and will be a great draw in Rostrevor.’
      • ‘Try them and write to the magazine to let us know which ones were a hit at your house.’
      • ‘Drums proved to be a real hit at an event held in North Bradley at the weekend.’
      • ‘Despite the aerodynamic challenges, the car ran very fast and was a big hit with the fans.’
      • ‘Not all your designs have been immediate hits.’
      • ‘The event will be a hit with people of all ages, children as well as adults.’
      • ‘This puppet show was a big hit at the Fringe, combining music, song and laughs.’
      • ‘His striking level of consistency on the left side of defence has not only cemented his place in the team but has also made him a hit with the fans.’
      • ‘It was an immediate hit with the public and drew thousands of admiring visitors to Kelvingrove.’
      • ‘Her exquisite work on the tiles and her glass paintings were a big hit at the fair.’
      • ‘The nachos were a big hit at the table and for the price that we paid, the portion was well worth it.’
      • ‘It's not surprising that her clothes should have proved a hit at Debenhams.’
      • ‘Immediate hits with both travelers and the industry, Web fares weren't even part of the airlines' original plan.’
      • ‘It made me a real hit at family parties as it kept the kids entertained for hours.’
      • ‘His Troy Game was an immediate hit, and is still to be found in the repertory of many companies.’
      • ‘Donkey Kong and Mario were Nintendo's biggest hits yet and were the most popular arcade machines ever!’
      • ‘His toys are a big hit at Scindia Junction, Naval Housing Colony and Industrial Belt.’
      success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation
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  • 4informal A dose of a narcotic drug.

    ‘in another hour, I'll need another hit’
    • ‘This can whack up the crime rate big time as people steel and commit offences to pay for the next hit.’
    • ‘She was being reasonable - it was not possible to take hits of cocaine and also fold shirts and zip up duffels.’
    • ‘Her blood shot eyes stared right through the girl as she offered her the last coke hit.’
    • ‘He answered honestly and said yes - he'd taken a hit of heroin a few hours before.’
    • ‘Some years ago I adjourned with a friend to a nearby schoolyard net for a recreational hit.’
    • ‘He said raising his hand to grab my fist in mid air as he took another hit from his cigarette.’
    • ‘You can't help yourself from taking another hit of that sweet, sweet pop rock.’
    • ‘I became methodical about the whole thing, much like a drug addict preparing for their next hit.’
    • ‘I was calling for an end to the Drug War long before I ever took my first hit of pot.’
    • ‘I got off her as best as I could and staggered as my head was still spinning from that last hit.’
    • ‘But if we start to legalese soft drugs then people will move onto a bigger hit and we will have a more violent society.’
    • ‘One night he took a bong hit of a dried plant, and it nearly killed him.’
    • ‘But now that I was free, I celebrated with a few bong hits and mapped out a plan for my next few weeks of luxury.’
    • ‘Davidson took another hit of the Marlboro and then snubbed it out in the ashtray.’
    • ‘Becci was the first to reach for it, took a long deep hit, then tried to pass it to me.’
    amount, quantity, measure, portion, dosage, drench, draught
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Phrases

  • hit someone below the belt

    • 1Give one's opponent an illegal low blow.

      • ‘The bout turned nasty in the fourth, when Johnson - for the second time in the fight - hit Ruiz below the belt with a hard left hook.’
      • ‘He described Dube as a ‘dirty’ boxer who was always hitting him below the belt and throwing punches after the bell.’
      • ‘Then Machimane hit Nel below the belt and the fight was temporarily stopped to give the champion time to recover.’
      1. 1.1Behave unfairly to someone, especially so as to gain an unfair advantage.
        • ‘To top it all off, Walter's sudden fierceness hit her below the belt, and her legs suddenly went wobbly with desire.’
        • ‘‘Pattni appears to have hit Kenya below the belt at a time when the country was at its weakest,’ wrote the East African Standard.’
        • ‘First you hit them below the belt by making it harder for them to get elected.’
        • ‘If all of them are forced to pay royalty for every song they sing, they will be hit below the belt.’
        • ‘‘The department is hitting us below the belt,’ said Mbilini.’
        • ‘Carly is hurt by the comment and it hits her below the belt.’
  • hit the ground running

    • informal Start something and proceed at a fast pace with great enthusiasm.

      • ‘‘Now we are hitting the ground running and we are ahead of the posse and we intend to stay ahead of the posse,’ said Mr Brennan.’
      • ‘We are hitting the ground running, and so far everything has exceeded our high expectations.’
      • ‘While he did not trap that fast he certainly hit the ground running to scorch away from his opponents around the opening turn.’
      • ‘Once hell breaks loose, the film hits the ground running.’
      • ‘Despite hitting the ground running, the club know that they are just a loss or two away from a slump into the relegation zone.’
      • ‘If you're reading this magazine, you're already hitting the ground running.’
      • ‘The man was hitting the ground running, thinking big.’
      • ‘They hit the ground running and demonstrate leadership qualities at a faster rate.’
      • ‘Once again he hit the ground running and his early pace had him clear of his rivals before the bend.’
      • ‘We're over here in Ireland for a week-long camp, with the intention of hitting the ground running when the season starts.’
  • hit it off

    • informal Be naturally friendly or well suited.

      • ‘It wasn't long before all six of us hit it off, teasing and conversing like old friends.’
      • ‘Carrie's friend Cathey had introduced the two and they seemed to hit it off immediately.’
      • ‘If they hit it off, she'll be able to pass along a positive word to your other pals.’
      • ‘He was glad his friends were hitting it off with Kelly, especially since the start of her day had been kinda rough.’
      • ‘She met this guy Tim at a party of a mutual friend and seemed to hit it off.’
      • ‘The two of them hit it off wonderfully and it was the start of a great friendship.’
      • ‘So they decided to bombard me with personal questions about my best friend, and we hit it off at once.’
      • ‘It so happened that they hit it off immediately and became best friends off the court.’
      • ‘We weren't really hitting it off, but Figi still decides to put her arm around my waist and squeeze me.’
      • ‘Ideally, they'll hit it off, become buds, and you'll never have to worry about it again.’
      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
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  • hit the mark

    • Be successful in an attempt or accurate in a guess.

      ‘her suggestion was a guess, but his reaction confirmed that it had hit the mark’
      • ‘In addition, his attempts at sarcasm do not always hit the mark; some come off as confusing and inappropriate.’
      • ‘He hits the mark from time to time with witty dialogue.’
      • ‘It doesn't quite hit the mark, but the attempt is often engrossing.’
      • ‘When he hits the mark, Lee's a sharp observer of the silly side of life.’
      • ‘But I don't think either of these explanations hits the mark.’
      • ‘With a couple of million of you reading today's Times, your collective predictions stand an extraordinarily good chance of hitting the mark.’
      • ‘This is a pity, because she almost hits the mark.’
      • ‘Fewer than 150 schools across the whole country managed the same results with all 37 pupils at Sacred Heart hitting the mark.’
      • ‘Since that's almost impossible, most authors agree it's best simply to write a darned good story - and hope it hits the mark.’
      • ‘Both reasons are plausible, but neither quite hits the mark.’
  • hit the nail on the head

    • Find exactly the right answer.

      • ‘Your analysis of the Dutch motives for voting no in the referendum hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘And the piece you sent me really hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘He hits the nail on the head with the current situation.’
      • ‘I believe that Bernard's comment hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘Mark Grahame hits the nail on the head with his comments about the new breed of ultra-loud fireworks.’
      • ‘This piece by Martin in UWS hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘He also hits the nail on the head about another pet peeve - the substitution of rage with the therapeutic impulse.’
      • ‘These guys seem to have a knack for hitting the nail on the head, and their newest creation is as short and sweet as they come.’
      • ‘I think what that juror just said hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘And north of the Border, Professor John Haldane hits the nail on the head.’
  • hit the road

    • informal Set out on a journey.

      • ‘Sunday after Sunday, Dermot and his friends hit the road and no journey was too long.’
      • ‘We have our morning routine pretty well worked out since he's been hitting the road about 25 minutes after I leave.’
      • ‘We hit the road and thankfully the journey was incident free.’
      • ‘Huge acts are hitting the road, but just try scoring tickets.’
      • ‘And millions of travelers are still hitting the road.’
      • ‘I'll be hitting the road again tomorrow, and probably will be unable to blog for a few days.’
      • ‘The film opens with the family hitting the road on a moment's notice, one step ahead of law enforcement agents.’
      • ‘So I spent a large chunk of the morning asleep, waking for a very light lunch before hitting the road.’
      • ‘Right now, they are hitting the road in Ohio, then on to another battleground, Florida.’
      • ‘But as bad as things may seem, they're nothing compared to the disasters that await the production once it hits the road for England.’
  • hit wicket

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

      • ‘Which batsman has been hit wicket most often in Tests?’
      • ‘Sodhi hit wicket b Madan 51 Attempted to cut off the back foot but went too far back and struck the stumps with his bat.’
      • ‘Warne was out in remarkable circumstances, when he trod on his stumps and was out hit wicket for 42.’
      • ‘Sanjay Rodrigo made 23 before falling hit wicket to Paul Oldfield, who eventually closed with 3-25.’
      • ‘Line decisions, hit wicket and boundary referrals will continue to be decided by the TV umpire, as per the present system.’
  • make a hit

    • Be successful or popular.

      ‘you made a big hit with their daughter’
      • ‘‘I was pleased we made a hit, even with people in the countryside,’ she said.’
      • ‘‘Calvin Klein's shared fragrance made a hit, and many clothes with the same design are worn by both men and women,’ Kan said.’
      • ‘These spectacular flowers are real traffic stoppers and sure to make a hit in your garden.’
      • ‘Not now John, all you need is a grease covered white shirt to make a hit at your interview, he thought to himself.’
      • ‘But it is critical to a vehicle looking to make a hit by being more fashionable or trendy than its direct competitors.’
      • ‘The salad made a hit as usual, and the guacamole very much pleased all of us, including, surprisingly, him.’
      • ‘Another British car import makes a hit with performances that are off the charts.’
      • ‘Since we are a new, small company we wanted to make a hit.’
      • ‘There was a fancy party where Katherine got to use her corporate skills and Phil made a hit by playing the bohemian.’
      • ‘His credentials have great appeal among ACT voters, and the fact he has made a hit in the polls has also damaged ACT.’
      go down well, prove popular, be a hit, make a hit, get an enthusiastic reception, be successful, be a success, succeed
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Phrasal Verbs

  • hit on

    • 1Discover or think of, especially by chance.

      ‘she hit on a novel idea for fund-raising’
      • ‘Substitute ‘fire’ for ‘water’ in Robbins' hypothesis and we may be hitting upon a parallel discovery.’
      • ‘Once you hit upon the perfect design you can race your creation against competitors from all over the world.’
      • ‘Three months after graduating, they hit London - and hit upon a novel way of getting themselves known.’
      • ‘Banks have hit upon a novel idea to woo existing and potential customers.’
      • ‘To prove the point, upon his return Rory hit upon the idea of doing a programme for BBC Radio 4.’
      • ‘They hit upon the idea of creating a rare type of red hair dye and offering it for sale in small quantities.’
      • ‘He had hit upon one of the original graves and was too freaked out to go anywhere near the hole.’
      • ‘The Cigar Club of Ireland has also hit upon a novel form of protest.’
      • ‘Whether it was by chance or design Sam Allardyce has hit upon the strike force he has craved all season.’
      • ‘One of the leading lubricant-manufacturing companies hit upon a novel idea to attract its customers.’
      discover, come up with, think of, conceive of, dream up, work out, invent, create, originate, develop, devise, design, pioneer, uncover, contrive, realize
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    • 2Make sexual advances towards.

      ‘he was really hitting on me, with steamy looks and innuendos’
      • ‘If he persists, however, in hitting on you and continuing with the suggestive remarks, then, indeed, you have a harassment case.’
      • ‘You can tell your little jokes, then we'll all laugh as you get shot down hitting on the cute little bartender, Allie.’
      • ‘It doesn't help that he looks about ten years older than he is, but I can just picture him as the creepy guy in the bar hitting on younger women.’
      • ‘When she hit on me, she did so as one person to another.’
      • ‘I think it's a lot easier because I have a boyfriend and so most guys that I meet know I'm not trying to hit on them.’
      • ‘If I weren't already married, you just know I'd be hitting on at least two of them.’
      • ‘I prayed the bus would arrive early and lamented the fact that the people who hit on me are never cute young gifts.’
      • ‘My best friend's boyfriend keeps hitting on me and everyone thinks it's a joke!’
      • ‘Forced to find another source of income, he hits on the idea of renting out a hut in the woods to courting couples.’
      • ‘The next time I saw Max, he was hitting on some girl with dyed green hair and a Partridge Family lunchbox.’
      • ‘But in our keeping in touch that summer, he started hitting on me.’
      • ‘The teacher has not mentioned it since and has not hit on me.’
      • ‘Lots of older guys hit on me, because I look older.’
      • ‘Well according to two sources on the set of American Idol, the real reason Mario was asked to leave was because he was hitting on the girls of the show.’
      • ‘Introducing yourself to a woman you're hitting on is also considered basic good manners.’
      • ‘Because when we were 15 years old, guys hit on us all the time, and we just wouldn't say anything.’
      • ‘This was evidenced by the number of males who tried to hit on me.’
      • ‘He unabashedly hits on women.’
  • hit someone up

    • 1Ask someone for something, typically money.

      ‘he hit up some family members’
      ‘I have an employee who is always hitting me up for a raise’
      • ‘Lots of couples seem to pay for their own celebrations these days, or hit up both families.’
      • ‘All of them will hit me up for money if given the chance.’
      • ‘That was before he hit me up for 200 bucks and said he might sue me if I didn't give it to him.’
      • ‘Juliette has a little boy who's maybe seven and my little girl is 21 months so I hit her up for whatever advice she could give to a new father.’
      • ‘Suddenly, they can have resources equal to an incumbent's without hitting up major donors.’
      • ‘Second, I've become paranoid that everyone I know who is short of cash will hit me up for a loan.’
      • ‘Before I start I thought I'd hit up the most intelligent and well traveled readers on the web for some advice.’
      • ‘Most recently, she'd hit her parents up for $1,600 to fix her kids' teeth.’
      • ‘Feel free to hit me up in the forums if you have any questions or comments.’
      • ‘As soon as I heard about it, I started hitting up pals for pledges.’
      • ‘If I'd known he was that soft a touch, I'd have hit him up for a couple hundred grand.’
      1. 1.1usually in imperativeContact someone.
        ‘if you have a serious band and would like to play some music, hit me up’

Origin

Late Old English hittan (in the sense ‘come upon, find’), from Old Norse hitta ‘come upon, meet with’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

hit

/hɪt/