Definition of hard-hitting in English:



  • 1Uncompromisingly direct and honest, especially in revealing unpalatable facts.

    ‘some of this season's more hard-hitting episodes deal with urban violence’
    • ‘Young people are drifting into crime because too little is being spent on keeping them out of trouble, a hard-hitting survey has revealed.’
    • ‘In fact, the subtitled video is a poignant and hard-hitting meditation on four Turkish women who wear wigs, and why they do so.’
    • ‘The campaign, backed by Swindon Council and the police, has seen hard-hitting posters go up in car parks across town.’
    • ‘Noise-making culprits will also be directly targeted in a hard-hitting publicity campaign based on market research.’
    • ‘There was an access report commissioned by industry on it, which was tough, hard, hard-hitting, even scathing.’
    • ‘Saying his ejection from the frontbench was inevitable, he went on to make some hard-hitting criticisms about the state of his own party.’
    • ‘In other words they wish to feed their own egos, impressing their public with their concept of direct hard-hitting so-called truths.’
    • ‘The site features a hard-hitting poster campaign, which uses a series of startling images and facts to highlight the cruelty to animals.’
    • ‘However, even though the hard-hitting report was very critical of AIB management, no senior manager was sacked.’
    • ‘The usually hard-hitting critics of the ABC in some media outlets seem to have ignored this story completely.’
    • ‘For a few moments near the beginning, Center Stage looks like it has a chance to be revealing and hard-hitting.’
    • ‘Truant teenagers are being targeted in a hard-hitting poster campaign at bus shelters across East Lancashire.’
    • ‘Drawing inspiration from real life incidents, he makes hard-hitting films that revolve around issues concerning society.’
    • ‘It poses a direct and hard-hitting question: to what extent is civility compatible with religion?’
    • ‘One of the standout films of the festival, Proteus was hard-hitting and frank.’
    • ‘A city segregated on racial lines, riven by racism, poverty and prejudice is revealed in a hard-hitting report looking at Bradford.’
    • ‘The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis criticized the newly hard-hitting coverage.’
    • ‘The Insider, an honest and hard-hitting film, won nothing.’
    • ‘Most shows and most comics that are hard-hitting are criticizing everything.’
    • ‘Stephen Lewis reports on a new, hard-hitting campaign with posters such as this to keep children safe and away from railway lines during the Easter holidays.’
    uncompromising, blunt, forthright, frank, honest, direct, tough
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  • 2US (of an athlete or athletes) aggressive and physical.

    ‘the game's grunting, hard-hitting defense’
    • ‘He played a solid, hard-hitting brand of defense and has a great shot.’
    • ‘Consider John Wayne's transition from the tough cowboy to the hard-hitting military man.’
    • ‘He is just starting to learn his new position, and when he does he could develop into an aggressive, hard-hitting free safety.’
    • ‘And it was that hard-hitting defense that propelled the Ravens to their first playoff berth ever.’
    • ‘Not a dirty game by any means, but a hard-hitting and a fully committed physical approach saw a battle on field as only those on the top of their game can exert.’
    • ‘His weekly improvement, hard-hitting style and speed have helped turn a young defense around.’
    • ‘He needs to improve in coverage, but he is an aggressive, hard-hitting tackler against the run.’
    • ‘Watson, who is a hard-hitting batsman and bowls fast medium, returns to the county while Warne is on Test duty for The Ashes.’
    • ‘He was a courageous and hard-hitting batsman, a brilliant fielder at cover point, and an inspirational captain.’
    • ‘I just really want to teach the kids about the old-time hockey, the hard-hitting, tough and sometimes grinding hockey.’
    • ‘Duncombe Park's hard-hitting batsman Peter Kent fell just short of a century when he was out for 96 at Driffield.’
    • ‘Campbell was an aggressive cover man and a sure, hard-hitting tackler.’
    • ‘His hard-hitting, aggressive style could make him a valuable backup and spot starter.’
    • ‘Gold, a second-round draft pick, has been a wicked special-teams player and a hard-hitting tackler.’
    • ‘He was a hard-hitting batsman and an excellent opening medium pace bowler.’
    • ‘Its offensive firepower is impressive, and its defense should be quick to the ball and hard-hitting.’
    • ‘The hard-hitting batsman, who comfortably takes the fastest deliveries on his blade, was not in his elements.’
    • ‘Last season, CB Deltha O'Neal was struggling to become a hard-hitting defensive player.’
    • ‘The reacquisition of hard-hitting Sean Hill has stabilized the defense.’
    • ‘He's young, aggressive and hard-hitting and has a low salary-cap figure.’



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