Definition of not know what hit one in English:

not know what hit one

phrase

  • Be very shocked or surprised by a sudden attack or event.

    • ‘‘I joined in 1964, and was sent to Vietnam as a pay clerk in 1966, and I didn't know what hit me: it was surreal,’ Maj Blair said.’
    • ‘Friday night at Sam's Town Casino, five miles south of the Las Vegas strip: The unsuspecting locals didn't know what hit them.’
    • ‘Quite often what happens is that young men are relatively unaware of their emotions until something goes wrong and then very often they don't know what hit them.’
    • ‘Michigan Democrat Carl Levin still doesn't know what hit him.’
    • ‘Carnacon didn't know what hit them as they tried desperately to protect their goal from a barrage of attacks.’
    • ‘We really didn't know what hit us in England and it wasn't much better last week.’
    • ‘The game got of to a sweltering pace with Camloch scoring 1-4 with no response; it was as if Lisnaskea didn't know what hit them.’
    • ‘But we got the heat turned up now, the cops, they don't know what hit them.’
    • ‘Ten years ago, her fellow competitors in the Miss St Lucia pageant didn't know what hit them when Yasmine soared to the top, securing first place.’
    • ‘I don't know what hit me but I'm getting sleepy, very sleepy.’