Definition of hit on in English:

hit on

phrasal verb

  • 1Discover or think of, especially by chance.

    ‘she hit on a novel idea for fund-raising’
    • ‘They hit upon the idea of creating a rare type of red hair dye and offering it for sale in small quantities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To prove the point, upon his return Rory hit upon the idea of doing a programme for BBC Radio 4.’
    • ‘He had hit upon one of the original graves and was too freaked out to go anywhere near the hole.’
    • ‘Banks have hit upon a novel idea to woo existing and potential customers.’
    • ‘The Cigar Club of Ireland has also hit upon a novel form of protest.’
    • ‘Three months after graduating, they hit London - and hit upon a novel way of getting themselves known.’
    • ‘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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  • 2North American Make sexual advances towards.

    ‘he was really hitting on me, with steamy looks and innuendos’
    • ‘Forced to find another source of income, he hits on the idea of renting out a hut in the woods to courting couples.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can tell your little jokes, then we'll all laugh as you get shot down hitting on the cute little bartender, Allie.’
    • ‘My best friend's boyfriend keeps hitting on me and everyone thinks it's a joke!’
    • ‘The next time I saw Max, he was hitting on some girl with dyed green hair and a Partridge Family lunchbox.’
    • ‘If he persists, however, in hitting on you and continuing with the suggestive remarks, then, indeed, you have a harassment case.’
    • ‘If I weren't already married, you just know I'd be hitting on at least two of them.’
    • ‘Introducing yourself to a woman you're hitting on is also considered basic good manners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lots of older guys hit on me, because I look older.’
    • ‘When she hit on me, she did so as one person to another.’
    • ‘This was evidenced by the number of males who tried to hit on me.’
    • ‘He unabashedly hits on women.’
    • ‘Because when we were 15 years old, guys hit on us all the time, and we just wouldn't say anything.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I prayed the bus would arrive early and lamented the fact that the people who hit on me are never cute young gifts.’
    • ‘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.’