Definition of hit in US English:

hit

verbhits, hitting

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

    no object ‘I hit out with my stick’
    ‘the woman hit the mugger with her umbrella’
    no object ‘use your words, but do not hit’
    • ‘A punch connected with my jaw and sent my head back, another punch hitting my gut and bringing my body forward.’
    • ‘Some common causes of fractures include falls, car accidents, child abuse, running, or something hitting the body.’
    • ‘One woman was left bleeding and suffered head injuries and another suffered a broken finger after being hit several times.’
    • ‘They are taught that it is wrong to hit others and that they should not throw objects or break them.’
    • ‘The feel of his boot hitting my side brought pain.’
    • ‘Previously, detainees have been hit or tortured during questioning, villagers say.’
    • ‘Then there was another group which hit their backs with wound up pieces of rope.’
    • ‘She let her gaze rest on the slipper for a moment, then brought it forward and hit it on her head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'll almost certainly miss the fly and hit some poor unfortunate by-stander instead.’
    • ‘One man suffered serious eye injuries as a result of being hit with a bottle.’
    • ‘This was followed soon after by Feder trying to execute a backhand shot, but accidentally hitting Robin in the arm.’
    • ‘The weapon never hit its mark, bouncing off of a barrier made from blackened shadows.’
    • ‘He then hit Zoro over the head causing him serious injury, and took his wallet.’
    • ‘I blocked it by hitting it quickly back to his side.’
    • ‘The pain in his temple was killing him and his sides hurt from being hit, more than once.’
    • ‘As the metal weapon hit his injuries, he let out a grunt of pain and released the sword from his grasp.’
    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.’
      • ‘The clearing they were in was large enough for the Lady to fully spread her great wings without hitting a tree.’
      • ‘It was so dark out in the halls that he did not see the door and wound up hitting his head against it.’
    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’
      • ‘It is believed he was hit by a car and fell backwards, suffering serious head injuries which led to his death 10 days later.’
      • ‘The feeling of someone's foot hitting her chair brought her back to reality.’
      • ‘He fell quickly and soon hit the metal grating that was only about one foot in width by two foot in width.’
      • ‘He dove down into the prepped hole and spread his wings before he hit the sand.’
      • ‘He had taken only a few steps when he heard the sound of a body hitting the concrete behind him.’
      • ‘To his credit he recovered quickly, rolling backwards as soon as he hit the ground.’
      • ‘Mr Scaife said the women had severe head injuries consistent with being hit by a train.’
      • ‘The sound of someone hitting the water brought her attention back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A forensic pathologist later said the injuries were not consistent with a fall, but from hitting a large, flat surface.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They both moved quickly and never made a sound until they hit the ground.’
      • ‘The feel of his arm around me as he made sure my feet hit the ground brought me back to a time I missed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sure, he had been hit by a drunk driver, but maybe his injuries wouldn't have been so bad.’
      • ‘The purpose of the arm is to protect your face or head from contacting or hitting the cement.’
      • ‘The sound of her backpack hitting the ground brought her faithful puppy running.’
      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’
      • ‘Thank you to everyone who hit the Laptop Fund Paypal button in the past two weeks.’
      • ‘Keep hitting that F5 button and it could well be!’
      • ‘My fingers sprung into life, hitting the keys quickly four times at different letters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a growl of frustration, he slapped his hand on the steering wheel before hitting the on button on his CD player.’
      • ‘He hit the gate control button and the gate lifted, allowing for the van to pass through.’
      • ‘Today, however, he only laughed and shook his head before hitting the ignore button on his phone.’
      • ‘He pulled out two dollars and put it in the machine before hitting the Mountain Dew button.’
      • ‘David ran to the computer lab and hit a few buttons until a layout of the safe house came up on the screen.’
      • ‘Fil is trying to listen to the tape recording he made of the dance recital, but he accidentally hits the erase button.’
      • ‘I would have to hit the connect button again and then try again to open a Web page.’
      • ‘You can hit the contact button to simply connect with a pitch, or smack the power button to swing for the fences.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She quickly reached over, hitting the speakerphone button.’
      • ‘Naturally, the first thing the reader does is hit the Google button.’
      • ‘As the feeling rushes though me, I stand up from the plastic chair, take a deep breath and hit the Press to Exit button.’
      • ‘No one had seen them yet, so Simani led them into the lift, and hit the down button for the last level.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2(of a missile or a person aiming one) strike (a target)

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

    ‘the area has been badly hit by business closures’
    • ‘Warminster town councillor Les Rose said the closures would hit the elderly hardest.’
    • ‘With injuries hitting Bradford hard, Pratt's utility back status is proving an enormous boon.’
    • ‘However, the 57-year-old admits that he is concerned about the possibility of a recession hitting Scotland.’
    • ‘Major problems hit Glossop town centre from 5pm after the River Etherow burst its banks.’
    • ‘The event in Umag was hit by a string of retirements on Tuesday.’
    • ‘The virus has resulted in staff shortages at several hospitals but has hit Hope Hospital badly.’
    • ‘Staveley, near Chesterfield, has been hit hard by the closure of a number of major employers in the last decade.’
    • ‘The figures are the latest in a series of problems to have hit The Gathering Place.’
    • ‘At the start of the event, he had to try to clear his mind from the tragic events which had hit Spain.’
    • ‘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 service tax and the cess on each banking transaction will hit everyone badly.’
    • ‘News that the property was to be demolished and redeveloped came as a relief to businesses which had been hit by the closure.’
    • ‘Clearly, the downward turn in the business cycle is hitting Germany hard.’
    • ‘The biggest emergency aid effort in history was under way last night to bring relief to millions hit by the Asian tsunami.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But later this week unsettled weather is set to hit the country, as a depression brings rain and winds.’
      • ‘Mr Kapu said the area would be hit by hunger if the farmers continued to sell their maize at give-away prices.’
      • ‘What's the pattern of response from government, when disaster hits?’
      • ‘It was the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.’
      • ‘Luckily for the people here it was not as powerful as the waves that hit other areas and caused a lot less damage.’
      • ‘It seems that recent events have damaged the tourist trade in Sri Lanka and other areas hit by the tsunami.’
      • ‘The next stop was Seenigama, a small fishing village that was severely hit by the disaster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sea waves brought by Typhoon Nari hit an abandoned lighthouse on the shore of Keelung yesterday.’
      • ‘The storm has officially made landfall, squarely hitting the island of Cozumel and bringing with it 20-foot waves.’
      • ‘But on the afternoon of their Edinburgh debut, their show was hit by disaster.’
      • ‘The North Battleford and Walkerton water disasters hit Canadians as a mighty shock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To then have other parts of the country, some not so far from that Otago area itself, hit by floods is rather ironic.’
      • ‘In the countries badly hit by this disaster, livestock and working animals can be vital to the lives of rural communities.’
      • ‘Even though the data is backed up, what guarantee is there that you can restore the data when disaster hits?’
    2. 3.2no object Make a strongly worded criticism or attack.
      ‘he hit out at suppliers for hyping their products’
      • ‘Tesco have hit back with Royal Bank of Scotland research that shows they pay within 33 days on average.’
      • ‘Exodus Travel have hit back over claims the vehicle was not properly licensed.’
      • ‘The university last night hit back by insisting it was not funding students to go on a glorified pub crawl.’
      • ‘It is also Crawford's right to hit back at his critics, whether it be through his own mouth or his mother's.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A pupil today hit back at constant criticism of her school as plans were revealed for it to become a sports college.’
      • ‘Last night McLetchie hit back, insisting he would not allow his opponents to make political capital from his case.’
      • ‘A driver has hit back at claims he is a thug by insisting he was only protecting his eight-month old daughter.’
      • ‘Rochdale's dental chief has hit back at claims that the town is in crisis.’
      • ‘But dealers have hit back, claiming landowners are guilty of selling the trees themselves.’
      • ‘However, staff have hit back at the criticism saying the pub's business was being affected.’
      • ‘Traffic chiefs have hit back at criticism that they are using speed cameras to make money, rather than save lives.’
      • ‘Residents of Vange today hit back in the war of words with Billericay over which is the better area in which to live.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘English Partnerships has hit back at claims it is not giving house owners value for money as part of a massive redevelopment scheme.’
      • ‘Gibb urged fans to take a reality check as he hit back at criticism following a string of poor results.’
      • ‘But Ms Cannings hit back, claiming the Yorkshire Post story had been misleading.’
      • ‘Police in Swindon have hit back at criticism over rising burglary rates.’
      • ‘The officer in charge of policing in the North Cotswolds has hit back at criticism of the force.’
      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)

    ‘his career hit rock bottom’
    • ‘In Britain, interest rates this summer hit their lowest level for 50 years.’
    • ‘Approvals for new house constructions have already hit the lowest level for three years.’
    • ‘This is Silicon Alley where Lower Broadway hits trendy Greenwich Village.’
    • ‘The advent of the free Metro newspapers in the main cities is likely to hit these figures even more.’
    • ‘Share prices have tumbled globally, with Britain's FTSE share index hitting its lowest level for six years.’
    • ‘The songs emerge with great intros but quickly hit a standstill and that's where it all goes downhill.’
    • ‘After hitting a few wrong notes, Jedidah was able to copy the notes Vespera played perfectly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zimbabwe faces its fourth straight year of falling growth, while inflation is likely to hit triple figures.’
    • ‘I think this throws up an abundance of deeply shallow, poorly constructed art that very quickly hits its sell-by date.’
    • ‘The family of an ill youngster have hit the right notes to find a new way of bringing a smile to his face.’
    • ‘On some flights we are hitting that [figure], on some we're not.’
    • ‘Jewison saw Garland sick, nervous and depressed, yet hit every note and bring the house down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At present the Irish labour market remains amazingly resilient despite unemployment hitting its highest level in three years.’
    • ‘Consumer optimism continues to rise, hitting its highest level since November 2001.’
    • ‘The Australian dollar may top 70 cents sometime this week after hitting its highest levels for nearly six years.’
    • ‘Last year the figure reached capacity, with deliveries hitting the maximum so-called safe number of 4,800.’
    • ‘As the coffee commodities market hits an all-time low this year, shade grown remains the next urgent frontier in the certification game.’
    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 center hit a snag’
      • ‘Services across the north west and Wales will be hit by the strikes while the deadlock continues.’
      • ‘The unfortunate Washington man had hit hard times and was determined to get his hands on some loot.’
      • ‘These areas are also being hit by high rates of unemployment that put an added pressure on public facilities.’
      • ‘Manchester Airport was hit by a small-scale strike by security workers today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Coming back to the form of two years ago, Westmeath have been hit by a chilling catalogue of injuries.’
      • ‘The government and the companies have yet to be hit by coordinated strikes.’
      • ‘But he also suffered open wounds on his body and was then hit by a pneumonia-type virus.’
      • ‘But the Flaxby Road outfit have been hit by a horrendous injury list that has robbed them of six first team players.’
      • ‘We have got a small squad and when we have been hit with suspensions and injuries it has made it difficult.’
      • ‘Agents agree that the top end of the market has been hit by the recent downturn.’
      • ‘The management committee at the St Michael's Centre is understood to have been hit by a massive rent increase.’
      • ‘However, in recent matches Baltinglass too have been hit by the injury bug.’
      • ‘Honduras has been hit by a week-long strike of heavy cargo truck drivers and oil workers.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Nigerian education sector is also being hit by strike action.’
      • ‘A group were handing out leaflets at the weekend in part of Oldham, hit by recent race riots, when police moved in.’
      • ‘His progress this time around has been hit by a serious injury setback.’
      • ‘Selby's hopes have been hit by injuries to several key players but they are hopeful the majority will pull through.’
      • ‘In addition to an overall slowdown, the world economy could be hit by a series of shocks.’
    2. 4.2 Arrive at or go to (a place)
      ‘it was still night when we hit the outskirts of Chicago’
      ‘we hit a diner for coffee and doughnuts’
      • ‘However, he was slightly upstaged by the huge cheer that greeted the first shaft of sunlight to hit Centre Court.’
      • ‘But before the event hits the Valley, a Rossendale woman will be hoping for success in the real version of the hit show.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The McDonald's travelling caravan hits Montreal this Friday night at the Maurice Richard arena.’
      • ‘A tour of some of the best up and coming bands hits the Forum with both a matinee and evening 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’
      • ‘The first revenue from Samba sales began rolling in last month, even before the product hits UK shelves.’
      • ‘And the Bill Clinton autobiography hits stores this week.’
    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 express the idea that someone is taking up a pursuit or taking it seriously.
      ‘more and more teenagers are hitting the books’
      • ‘How about hitting five exotic locales in one fab trip?’
      • ‘They were hitting this store as quickly as they could to look for those items that they saw advertised.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 5Propel (a ball) with a bat, racket, stick, etc., to score or attempt to score runs or points in a game.

    • ‘Under pressure to hit it quickly, the midfielder boomed his shot high over the crossbar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lee also should flourish at the plate hitting at Wrigley Field.’
    • ‘He feels it hinders him from hitting the holes as quickly as he wants.’
    • ‘Both have improved their deficiencies-Gotay in fielding and Murphy in hitting.’
    • ‘We quickly made the flip and caught Damon Stoudamire hitting Zach Randolph for the game winner.’
    • ‘Last Sunday, he hit Drew Bennett for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left to defeat the Houston Texans 27-24.’
    • ‘She was a tall, heavyset girl, known for her continuous power hitting.’
    • ‘Mealey has a knack for hitting the hole quickly and bouncing off defenders.’
    • ‘Well, I can count on one hand the amount of cross-court nicks that were hit during this event.’
    • ‘Breaking on the right, he cut in and hit a low, hard shot which the keeper could only parry into the net.’
    • ‘Four plays later, the Seahawks led 17-after Hasselbeck hit Alexander for a 3-yard TD pass.’
    • ‘McNair rolls right and hits McCareins for another first down, between three Steelers defenders.’
    • ‘Enter Steve Nebraska, a goofy guy living in a small Mexican town with knack for hitting and pitching.’
    • ‘Sinead Coakley won possession on the left and sped down the left wing and hit the post.’
    • ‘Anderson is patient enough to wait for his blockers to open a hole, and when they do, he hits it quickly.’
    • ‘As a result, they are able to break up passes and hit receivers quickly before a play can be made.’
    • ‘Equally skilled at hitting, fielding, and base running, he led the Yankees to ten pennants and eight world championships.’
    • ‘But Kitna quieted them quickly, hitting his first two passes for 25 yards.’
    • ‘Or (to take a different example) someone familiar with a cricket bat regards it as a piece of wood for hitting balls.’
    1. 5.1 Score (runs or points) by hitting a ball with a bat, racket, or stick.
      ‘he had hit 25 home runs’
      • ‘Did you see that home run he hit the other night against the Cards?’
      • ‘Peter Allen hits a home run off of Carol Channing, scoring two runs.’
      • ‘So, if you hit a home run you get one because you have scored.’
      • ‘This is like hitting a hundred home runs in a season: it's not just a record, it's an almost inhuman blowout.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After getting some pine tar from the top of his gooey batting helmet, he hit a solo home run with two outs.’
      • ‘When the winning run is on base and a home run is hit, all runs and the batter are allowed to score.’
      • ‘Morales hit his spectacular home run in the third inning to the right field.’
      • ‘Pujols worked Harville to a full count before hitting his 23rd home run into the Houston bullpen.’
      • ‘Most nights, Kent would decline to shake hands when returning to the dugout after scoring a run or hitting a home run.’
    2. 5.2Baseball no object (of a batter) make a base hit.
      • ‘Once preoccupied with hitting for power, Matheny has spread his stance and concentrates on hitting to all fields.’
      • ‘The following batter hits a single over the the head of the second baseman.’
      • ‘A cycle is completed when a batter hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.’
      • ‘Can you tell me when Babe Ruth hit his first and last home runs in his banner season of 1927?’
      • ‘Jason Varitek and David McCarty also homered for the Red Sox, hitting solo shots off Lance Carter in the eighth.’

nounPlural hits

  • 1An instance of striking or being struck.

    ‘few structures can withstand a hit from a speeding car’
    • ‘More of Filho's hits are missing their targets, and suddenly he lands another low blow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He flinched when Isabelle appeared beside him, anticipating another powerful hit.’
    • ‘Vulture blocked 2 hits from Spruce, punched Spruce in the face, and kneed him in the stomach.’
    • ‘As in a real duel, if both fencers hit at the same time, both hits are counted.’
    • ‘He looked up, familiarity striking him like a hit to the head with a blunt object.’
    • ‘Then suddenly he felt a blinding hit at the base of his skull, which sent him back into a black abyss.’
    • ‘Zenith the Great will continue to destroy evil with his super critical hits!’
    • ‘Which brings us to our quiz, when Googled, which drug has the most hits?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd felt several different hits when the horse knocked me down but hadn't really assessed the damage yet.’
    • ‘A novice archer would also bow to the target after the first hit of the day, while advanced archers would not.’
    • ‘The force of the hit knocked Anthony back until he was leaning against the Post Office wall for support.’
    • ‘This remark earned him another playful hit across the arm and an eye roll from Caelyn.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      ‘he could not resist a hit at his friend's religiosity’
      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.
      • ‘Unlike previous hits, this murder was filmed in its entirety on the club's security cameras.’
      • ‘He had been offered $50,000 to carry out the hit, and was jailed for life for the contract killing.’
      • ‘Murder detectives have stepped up the hunt for the gunman who executed a man in broad daylight in a gangland hit.’
      • ‘There was no secret as to the identity of the organisation that carried out the hits or its demands.’
      • ‘Mr Hale claims he has also received underworld information which points to the murder being a professional hit.’
      • ‘The police are holding two men who claim Tommy gave them $11,000 to carry out the hit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then, one by one, his biggest hits are systematically murdered.’
      • ‘Is it really possible that they pass on charging Kidan for a killing if he was the guy who ordered 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.’
      • ‘Well, that's their plan, but it turns out your first hit is on the priest kidnapping godfather.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Oh, I was going to tell you about hits and contracts.’
      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
      • ‘In game two, pitcher Alisha Seifert '05 scattered three hits leading to the complete-game shutout of the Knights.’
      • ‘Beckett allowed seven hits but struck out nine and stranded six runners in scoring position.’
      • ‘He threw only 21 of 42 pitches for strikes, allowed three hits and walked three.’
      • ‘Perry Nazerawich went all the way for the win giving six hits and striking out eight in seven innings of work.’
      • ‘Greinke, who allowed just four hits and struck out five, left with a 1-lead.’
  • 2An instance of striking the target aimed at.

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

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

    • ‘Some years ago I adjourned with a friend to a nearby schoolyard net for a recreational hit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I became methodical about the whole thing, much like a drug addict preparing for their next hit.’
    • ‘You can't help yourself from taking another hit of that sweet, sweet pop rock.’
    • ‘But if we start to legalese soft drugs then people will move onto a bigger hit and we will have a more violent society.’
    • ‘I got off her as best as I could and staggered as my head was still spinning from that last hit.’
    • ‘This can whack up the crime rate big time as people steel and commit offences to pay for the next hit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was calling for an end to the Drug War long before I ever took my first hit of pot.’
    • ‘Davidson took another hit of the Marlboro and then snubbed it out in the ashtray.’
    • ‘She was being reasonable - it was not possible to take hits of cocaine and also fold shirts and zip up duffels.’
    • ‘He said raising his hand to grab my fist in mid air as he took another hit from his cigarette.’
    • ‘Becci was the first to reach for it, took a long deep hit, then tried to pass it to me.’
    • ‘One night he took a bong hit of a dried plant, and it nearly killed him.’
    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.

      • ‘Then Machimane hit Nel below the belt and the fight was temporarily stopped to give the champion time to recover.’
      • ‘He described Dube as a ‘dirty’ boxer who was always hitting him below the belt and throwing punches after the bell.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Behave unfairly to someone, especially so as to gain an unfair advantage.
        • ‘‘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.’
        • ‘‘The department is hitting us below the belt,’ said Mbilini.’
        • ‘Carly is hurt by the comment and it hits her below the belt.’
        • ‘If all of them are forced to pay royalty for every song they sing, they will be hit below the belt.’
        • ‘To top it all off, Walter's sudden fierceness hit her below the belt, and her legs suddenly went wobbly with desire.’
  • hit the ground running

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

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

    • informal Be naturally friendly or well suited.

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

      • ‘When he hits the mark, Lee's a sharp observer of the silly side of life.’
      • ‘This is a pity, because she almost 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.’
      • ‘Both reasons are plausible, but neither quite 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.’
      • ‘But I don't think either of these explanations hits 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      have the intended effect, make the intended impression, strike home, hit the mark, be registered, be understood, be comprehended, get through, sink in
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  • hit the nail on the head

    • Find exactly the right answer.

      • ‘I think what that juror just said hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘Your analysis of the Dutch motives for voting no in the referendum 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.’
      • ‘And north of the Border, Professor John Haldane hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘This piece by Martin in UWS hits the nail on the head.’
      • ‘And the piece you sent me really 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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • hit the road

    • informal Set out on a journey.

      • ‘We have our morning routine pretty well worked out since he's been hitting the road about 25 minutes after I leave.’
      • ‘Right now, they are hitting the road in Ohio, then on to another battleground, Florida.’
      • ‘We hit the road and thankfully the journey was incident free.’
      • ‘And millions of travelers are still hitting the road.’
      • ‘The film opens with the family hitting the road on a moment's notice, one step ahead of law enforcement agents.’
      • ‘Sunday after Sunday, Dermot and his friends hit the road and no journey was too long.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'll be hitting the road again tomorrow, and probably will be unable to blog for a few days.’
      • ‘So I spent a large chunk of the morning asleep, waking for a very light lunch before hitting the road.’
      • ‘Huge acts are hitting the road, but just try scoring tickets.’
  • make a hit

    • Be successful or popular.

      ‘you made a big hit with her’
      • ‘Since we are a new, small company we wanted to make a hit.’
      • ‘‘Calvin Klein's shared fragrance made a hit, and many clothes with the same design are worn by both men and women,’ Kan said.’
      • ‘There was a fancy party where Katherine got to use her corporate skills and Phil made a hit by playing the bohemian.’
      • ‘But it is critical to a vehicle looking to make a hit by being more fashionable or trendy than its direct competitors.’
      • ‘‘I was pleased we made a hit, even with people in the countryside,’ she said.’
      • ‘Not now John, all you need is a grease covered white shirt to make a hit at your interview, he thought to himself.’
      • ‘Another British car import makes a hit with performances that are off the charts.’
      • ‘The salad made a hit as usual, and the guacamole very much pleased all of us, including, surprisingly, him.’
      • ‘His credentials have great appeal among ACT voters, and the fact he has made a hit in the polls has also damaged ACT.’
      • ‘These spectacular flowers are real traffic stoppers and sure to make a hit in your garden.’
      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.’
      • ‘Banks have hit upon a novel idea to woo existing and potential customers.’
      • ‘One of the leading lubricant-manufacturing companies hit upon a novel idea to attract its customers.’
      • ‘The Cigar Club of Ireland has also hit upon a novel form of protest.’
      • ‘He had hit upon one of the original graves and was too freaked out to go anywhere near the hole.’
      • ‘They hit upon the idea of creating a rare type of red hair dye and offering it for sale in small quantities.’
      • ‘To prove the point, upon his return Rory hit upon the idea of doing a programme for BBC Radio 4.’
      • ‘Three months after graduating, they hit London - and hit upon a novel way of getting themselves known.’
      • ‘Once you hit upon the perfect design you can race your creation against competitors from all over the world.’
      • ‘Whether it was by chance or design Sam Allardyce has hit upon the strike force he has craved all season.’
      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 toward.

      • ‘My best friend's boyfriend keeps hitting on me and everyone thinks it's a joke!’
      • ‘When she hit on me, she did so as one person to another.’
      • ‘He unabashedly hits on women.’
      • ‘I prayed the bus would arrive early and lamented the fact that the people who hit on me are never cute young gifts.’
      • ‘The teacher has not mentioned it since and has not hit on me.’
      • ‘Forced to find another source of income, he hits on the idea of renting out a hut in the woods to courting couples.’
      • ‘If he persists, however, in hitting on you and continuing with the suggestive remarks, then, indeed, you have a harassment case.’
      • ‘But in our keeping in touch that summer, he started hitting on me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lots of older guys hit on me, because I look older.’
      • ‘You can tell your little jokes, then we'll all laugh as you get shot down hitting on the cute little bartender, Allie.’
      • ‘If I weren't already married, you just know I'd be hitting on at least two of them.’
      • ‘This was evidenced by the number of males who tried to hit on me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next time I saw Max, he was hitting on some girl with dyed green hair and a Partridge Family lunchbox.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
      • ‘That was before he hit me up for 200 bucks and said he might sue me if I didn't give it to him.’
      • ‘Second, I've become paranoid that everyone I know who is short of cash will hit me up for a loan.’
      • ‘Most recently, she'd hit her parents up for $1,600 to fix her kids' teeth.’
      • ‘Before I start I thought I'd hit up the most intelligent and well traveled readers on the web for some advice.’
      • ‘Suddenly, they can have resources equal to an incumbent's without hitting up major donors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Feel free to hit me up in the forums if you have any questions or comments.’
      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

/hit//hɪt/