One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Australian Rules Football
An instance of hitting the ball towards a teammate after it has been bounced by the umpire or at a boundary throw-in.
- ‘His first two hit-outs have certainly put him up there with the best in the world, and he'll be looking to kick on.’
- ‘But he put in enough stiff hits to test his troublesome shoulders and came through the hit-out without incident.’
- ‘‘This is an important hit-out for the boys,’ said coach Brian Noble.’
- ‘It's a hit-out, and that's what we need at this stage.’
- ‘‘I had a good hit-out on Friday and I'm confident the leg is going to be okay,’ said Farrell.’
2Australian informal A brisk run.
hit out, strike, let fly, take a swingView synonyms
- ‘Our major training session is tomorrow - we will have a good hour hit-out and then head off to Perth straight after.’
- ‘Sheeds let us know there was still plenty to do this season and we had a pretty solid hit-out on the track on Monday night.’
- ‘Eastern Suburbs coach Tim Jones was pleased for his side to get a hit-out on the venue for the upcoming finals series.’
- ‘The competitive work was exactly that - no-one gave an inch and it was a great hit-out with our first game just four days away.’
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